Netflix has ordered a second season of their hit documentary series, Making a Murderer, from creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. Ricciardi and Demos produced and directed the original documentary over the course of ten years, chronicling the bizarre story of Steven Avery of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Steven Avery spent his adult life in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit until finally being released in 2003 after DNA evidence exonerated him.

But in 2005, he was arrested for murder -- along with his nephew Brendan Dassey. Making A Murderer documents the case itself, their families, and most importantly, the trial in which Avery and his lawyers argued that he was framed by the police.

Upon release, Making A Murderer was immediately well-received. Ricciardi and Demos were highly sought-after as soon as the series premiered, even talking with George Clooney about producing a TV series together. It should come as no surprise that Netflix wants more of them and their work.

The Making A Murderer boom:

Making A Murderer was not Netflix's first big hit, but it may have been the biggest surprise. A ten-part "true crime" documentary could have easily slipped under the radar of pop culture, but Making A Murderer became one of the most discussed and acclaimed series in recent memory.

Part of the broad appeal of Making A Murderer comes in the form of Avery's defense lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, making a very compelling case that he was framed -- as do Demos and Ricciardi with their masterful direction.

The documentary helped gain enormous public support for Avery; grassroots petitions for him to be pardoned have accumulated hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Where Making A Murderer left off:


Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were convicted of the murder of Theresa Halbach, and are currently serving life sentences, but both are actively involved in legal battles to appeal their cases. The second season of the series is expected to chronicle this complicated, ugly appeals process. Steven Avery's new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, filed an appeal of his case in January 2016, working with the Midwest Innocence Project to prove that Steven was framed.

Zellner is confirmed to be featured in the upcoming season. Brendan Dassey also has a new legal team working to overturn Brendan's conviction on grounds that the investigation and trial were conducted improperly. Brendan's appeal hinges on the claim that he was manipulated and bullied into a false confession. 

The future of Making A Murderer:

The complicated, ugly appeals processes will be the focus of the second season of Making A Murderer.

The series will presumably also give viewers an update on the lives of the Avery/Dassey families as well as the Manitowoc County community as a whole. No premiere date has been announced, but patience is a virtue. The original documentary was a ten year process, and Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have made clear the importance of both attention to detail and respect for their subjects. But when Making A Murderer returns, there is no question that it will be well worth the wait.

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