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Team behind 'Serial' plans new podcast

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, February 3, 2017  /  02:17 pm
Team behind 'Serial' plans new podcast

As fans eagerly await the third season, the 'Serial' team -- now officially known as Serial Productions -- has announced that it has a new podcast in the works: 'S-Town'. (Shutterstock/File)

When This American Life's spin-off podcast, Serial, hit the airwaves in late 2014, it was a success almost instantly. 

Released on a weekly basis, the first season of Serial told the story of the murder of Hae Min Lee, while the second told the story of American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl.

As fans eagerly await the third season, the Serial team -- now officially known as Serial Productions -- has announced that it has a new podcast in the works: S-Town.

Debuting in March, S-Town tells the story of an Alabama man asking for "a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who had allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder", according to Mashable. Unlike its predecessor, all S-Town episodes will be released simultaneously, which would allow listeners to binge-listen, a trend popularized by the streaming service Netflix.

(Read also: 'Adnan's Story' digs deeper than 'Serial')

According to Serial co-creator Julie Synder, S-Town was in the works long before Serial. She was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying, “Brian [Reed] and I began working on the S-Town story three years ago […] and immediately I knew it was special. I remember thinking, ‘If this thing with Serial works – telling one big story over several chapters – then I definitely want to try it with Brian’s story next.’” 

This American Life creator and S-Town executive producer Ira Glass went as far as to tease, "This story takes so many unexpected turns. Every episode is a new surprise and the story has this feeling and mood that's different from anything else we’ve done. I don’t think people have heard a show like this."

S-Town is to be hosted by This American Life producer Brian Reed and Glass is joined by Synder and Sarah Koenig as executive producers. While plans of Serial’s third season have yet to be released, S-Town should tide listeners over until the day they are. (sul/kes)

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