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ⓘ Dirty John, TV series. Dirty John is an American true crime television series, based on the podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard, that premiered on N ..




Dirty John (TV series)
                                     

ⓘ Dirty John (TV series)

Dirty John is an American true crime television series, based on the podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard, that premiered on November 25, 2018, on Bravo. Outside the United States, it was made available through Netflix on February 14, 2019. The series was created by Alexandra Cunningham who also executive produces alongside Richard Suckle, Charles Roven, Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen, and Chris Argentieri. The series was initially given an order for two seasons, the second of which is currently in development. In May 2019, it was announced that the series will be moving from Bravo to USA Network, ahead of the premiere of the second season. The second season is titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. A trailer for the season was released on March 25, 2020, featuring Christian Slater and Amanda Peet in the role of Betty Broderick.

The first season was met with a mixed to positive response from critics upon its premiere and managed to garner recognition at various award ceremonies. Britton earned nominations for awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television and Garner earned a nomination for the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television.

                                     

1. Premise

Season one of Dirty John tells the story of "how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial, manipulation, and ultimately, survival – with horrific consequences for an entire family."

                                     

2. Cast and characters

Main

  • Julia Garner as Terra Newell, Debras youngest daughter
  • Juno Temple as Veronica Newell, Debras older daughter
  • Connie Britton as Debra Newell, a wealthy, successful interior designer and owner of her own design company Madeira, who is looking for love on various dating applications after four failed marriages
  • Eric Bana as John Meehan, a con man with a history of deceiving women who is currently posing as an anesthesiologist

Recurring

  • Sprague Grayden as Tonia Sells, Johns first wife
  • Lindsey Kraft as Ruth
  • Joelle Carter as Denise Meehan-Shepard, Johns sister
  • Jake Abel as Trey, Debras son and Veronicas and Terras older brother.
  • Jean Smart as Arlane Hart, Debras mother
  • Joe Tippett as Bobby
  • Keiko Agena as Nancy, Debras colleague
  • Kevin Zegers as Toby Sellers, Debras nephew
  • Julie Dretzin
  • Judy Reyes as Verga, a private investigator
  • Vanessa Martinez as Celia
  • John Getz as Dwight
  • Jeff Perry as Michael ONeil
                                     

3.1. Production Development

On January 28, 2018, it was announced that Bravo had given a series order to Dirty John, a new television series created and written by Alexandra Cunningham. The series order was reportedly for two seasons in which Cunningham would executive produce alongside Richard Suckle, Charles Roven, Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Christopher Argentieri. Production companies involved in the series were slated to include Universal Cable Productions, Los Angeles Times Studios, and Atlas Entertainment. On October 8, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on November 25, 2018. On May 17, 2019, it was reported that the series will be moving from Bravo to USA Network, ahead of the premiere of the second season. On September 9, 2019, it was reported that series is an anthology series and the second season is titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.

                                     

3.2. Production Casting

On March 26, 2018, it was announced that Connie Britton had been cast in the series lead role. On April 3, 2018, it was reported that Eric Bana had joined the main cast as the eponymous John Meehan. On June 14, 2018, it was announced that Jean Smart had been cast in a recurring role. In July 2018, it was reported that Juno Temple, Julia Garner, Kevin Zegers, Keiko Agena, John Karna, Sprague Grayden, Cliff Chamberlain, Jake Abel, and David Barrera had joined the cast. Temple and Garner were cast in starring roles and Zegers, Abel, and Barrera were set to appear in a recurring capacity. On August 16, 2018, it was announced that Lindsey Kraft had been cast in guest starring role. On September 9, 2019, Amanda Peet and Christian Slater were cast in starring roles for the second season.

                                     

4. Release

Marketing

On August 24, 2018, a "first look" still image from the series was released featuring Connie Britton and Eric Bana in character as Debra Newell and John Meehan, respectively. On September 17, 2018, a teaser trailer for the series was released. On October 8, 2018, the official trailer for the series was released. On December 20, 2018, an exclusive preview clip from the series was released.

Premiere

On November 13, 2018, the series held its official premiere at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California featuring a screening of the series. A red carpet arrival was originally scheduled to take place before the screening but it was canceled out of respect for the victims of the Woolsey Fire which was still burning in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The first season became available to stream on Netflix worldwide on February 14, 2019 and later added to Netflix in the US in November 2019.

                                     

5. Dirty John: The Dirty Truth

On January 28, 2018, it was announced that Oxygen had ordered a companion docuseries to air alongside the main series which would investigate the real John Meehan through the eyes of those he deceived. The project was set to be executive produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen with production companies including Herzog & Co and Los Angeles Times Studios. On November 14, 2018, it was reported that the docuseries was actually a documentary, that it had been titled Dirty John: The Dirty Truth, and that it would air in January 2019. On December 16, 2018, it was announced that documentary would premiere on January 14, 2019.

                                     

6.1. Reception Critical response

The series has been met with a mixed to positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 5.51 out of 10 based on 32 reviews. The websites critical consensus reads, Dirty John might not live up to the thrills of its source material, but Connie Britton puts on a clinic with her interpretation of true crime treachery." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 58 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."

In a positive review, Entertainment Weekly s Kristen Baldwin gave the series a grade of "A-" and directed particular praise at the performances in it describing Britton as "perfectly cast" and saying of Bana that he "may benefit the most from Dirty John ; as Meehan, the actor pivots from charming to chilling and back again with astonishing ease." In a similarly favorable analysis, the Los Angeles Times s Mike Mack commended the series declaring, "Glossy and well-acted, its transfer from your daily commutes most suspenseful listening stretch ever to serviceable wine-and-laundry-folding companion show feels, all in all, a smooth one."

In a more mixed assessment, RogerEbert.com s Brian Tallerico gave the series qualified praise saying, Dirty John is very entertaining, though its not without faults. It doesnt dig very deep, or present Debras daughters as full characters their main roles are to look confused or upset, which is a waste of big talent, and its storytelling can be a little convoluted. But it never claims to be high art." In an outright negative appraisal, TVLine s Dave Nemetz gave series a grade of "D" and criticized it saying, "Britton and her talented co-stars are wasted here on a warmed-over Lifetime movie masquerading as a prestige TV miniseries - one thats, sadly, not even trashy enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure." In another unfavorable evaluation, IndieWire s Ben Travers was very critical of the series giving it a grade of "C-" and saying that, "Decidedly not ambitious prestige television, the first three episodes make perfectly clear this isnt a nuanced series, or one interested in exploring abuse or manipulation in serious fashion. Its trying to be a juicy nighttime soap that uses the true story tag to drive viewers mouths further and further agape."



                                     
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