Monday, May 27, 2024

Ryan Murphy’s Monster and The Watcher series both renewed

Netflix has ordered two additional seasons of Ryan Murphy’s Monster series and a second season of his thriller The Watcher which was also inspired by true events.

It appears that viewers can’t seem to get enough true crime content. After the massive success of, DAHMER- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story which is closing in on one billion hours streamed, Netflix has ordered two more installments on what is now to be an anthology series which will focus on “other monstrous figures who have impacted society.” Netflix made the announcement in conjunction with the renewal of Ryan Murphy’s other hit show The Watcher via Twitter on November 7.

There is no word on who the next “monsters” will be, or if Murphy will stay in the realm of serial killers. However, given the success of The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, it remains a strong possibility. In fact, the Dahmer series took some time to introduce us to another notorious queer serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, since he was given the death penalty at the time of Dahmer’s brief incarceration before being killed in prison. The parallels between the two murderers are undeniable and Gacy seems to amass a similar level of macabre intrigue from the public.

Ryan Murphy may also choose to highlight The Night Stalker- Richard Ramirez and it wouldn’t be the first time to do so. Ramirez was a featured antagonist in American Horror Story: 1984, the ninth season of the hit anthology show, although it did not delve too deeply into his crimes.  Ramirez was portrayed by Zach Villa who most recently appeared in the queer horror film Hypochondriac which we covered at length on Q40. This would be an interesting choice for Murphy to go in, if only to see super talented Villa back on the screen.

The Watcher, on the other hand, is presumed to continue the story of Nora and Dean Brannock established in the first season. The series is based on a 2018 article for New York Magazine’s “The Cut” by Reeves Wiedeman, which chronicled the experience of Derek and Maria Broaddus after they received threatening letters upon moving into their home at 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey in 2014, which continued until they sold the home in 2019. The series, starring Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Coolidge was initially envisioned as a mini-series but did so well that it too has been given another season. Details are still forthcoming.

To keep up with the latest news on these series and more head over to Netflix.

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