Fans of “Serial,” the “This American Life” offshoot podcast that took the country by storm last fall, got some big news from host and executive producer Sarah Koenig via email newsletter this week.
“We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories.
This means we’re planning on a third season of ‘Serial,'” writes Koenig. “And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end
of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3.
“As it stands, we intend
to launch Season 2 this fall and Season 3 next spring. Sorry — we can’t
tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that
they’re very different from Season 1, but no less interesting to us.”
Season 1, which became the most-downloaded podcast in history, was a true crime story about Koenig and producer Julie Snyder investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the guilt or innocence of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a prison sentence for the murder.
Earlier this month, Syed won a motion in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to allow him to petition the lower court to reopen the case in the wake of details and information “Serial” found, including a possible alibi witness, Asia McClain.
Koenig addresses this turn of events in the same email announcing Seasons 2 and 3.
“The appeals court’s order does not mean Adnan will get a new trial. Nor does it mean that the circuit has to agree to hear Asia’s testimony,” writes Koenig. “But with this order, the appeals court has certainly cracked open a door. And anytime a court opens a door to new testimony — new fact-finding — that’s a big deal for the appellee. In other words, good news for Adnan. It’s likely that once the Asia issue gets sorted out in circuit court, the Court of Special Appeals will take up the case again.”