Netflix Boss on ‘Making a Murderer’ Season 2: ‘We’ll Certainly Take A Look At It’

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We may get another season of the breakout documentary “Making a Murderer.”

Speaking to reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “The story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it.”

He cautioned, though, that nothing is formally underway.

“Making a Murderer,” a 10-part series from filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, recounts Steven Avery’s troubled relationship with the law. He was exonerated of a rape conviction after serving 18 years in prison thanks to the Innocence Project. In 2005, he was convicted for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, and is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In a panel later in the afternoon, Demos and Ricciardi said they have been gathering material, but wouldn’t commit to whether they’re planning another series.

“I think today marks four weeks since the series launched and what we’ve managed to do in the past four weeks is have several phone calls with Steven Avery which we have recorded with an eye toward including them in future episodes,” said Ricciardi. “We have not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks.”

Added Demos, “As we said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open. It’s real-life so you don’t know what’s going to happen. We are ready…if there are significant developments, we will be there. And we are looking at other stories, as well.”

Pushed by reporters to say what they’re working on now, Demos would only say, “As we know from making this series, it’s a huge commitment that we take very seriously and it’s just apparent to us that we would need time to think about what we would [want to do] next.”

Sarandos said he was happy with the timing of the release of “Making a Murderer,” which bowed on December 18, allowing for binge-viewing during the holidays. He said the success of the series was a “crazy combination of a super-addictive” story and people “having the time to watch it” through the winter break.

The series has sparked debate over what was included in the documentary, with some raising questions about bias — including HLN anchor Nancy Grace. “This film is 10 years in the making,” Sarandos said. “There’s over 700 hours of footage. To split hairs about what was left in and what was left out — it’s a great film and we want people to watch it and decide for themselves.”

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Absolutely appalling something that is going to be playing on my mind for a long time really made a hurtful feeling in my heart feel for him and Stevens family fairplay to his parents for sticking by there son I believe he is innocent and find the justice system a disgrace and wrong how it works I live in England united kingdom and 100% believe it’s a cover up on the authorities part but surely they are not the highest of high. My mum was found dead 3years ago in her home police assumed was overdose so did not treat as crime scene police covered up to cover there own backs for messing up to begin with my mumvwas in a violent relationship her dog dissapeared she had black eye a cut and evidence in her property with blood on..lots of things that to this day we don’t know how or when she actually died don ‘t know how people sleep at night. Heartfelt sympathy from bottom of my heart for Steven n his family <3

  2. Lucy says:

    Proof the American justice system is an absolute farce!!!!!! Steven Avery and Brendan Dassy are from the inconsistent and impossible evidence INNOCENT if Teresa was stabbed in the stomach, throat slit-then strangled (keep in mind a severed throat would project blood from the wounded artery alone, without added pressure from strangulation!!) there was no blood trace WHATSOEVER even though they got out of this (Manitowoc sheriff department)- one with ‘they had 5 days to clean up’ it would be impossible (as a professional blood spatter expert pointed out – you’d have to have to be able to outdo the law to disguise that much DNA in a horrific scene like this. It never happened . No proof just speculation. A 7-3 (2undecided) jury sums it up. Don’t follow the emotion someone is walking free. But wait and see!

  3. Lou says:

    Has anyone ever mentioned “reasonable doubt”? There is so much doubt I cannot believe the jury convicted him. On that alone he should have been acquitted. Something is wrong in the state of Wisconsin. And living in eastern Minnesota scares the living &&&& out of me. Will never travel through that state again.

    • Guy Patterson says:

      Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. These assholes in positions of authority will always abuse their power one way or another.

  4. Dee says:

    Most people that I know viewed this mainly as a statement on a corrupt judicial system, with a sexting prosecutor who tried to bed abuse victims, a defense lawyer with political aspirations who, on two occasions, let a 16 year boy with an IQ of 78 get badgered into a confession without being present, sketchy evidence, phantom car keys, no blood evidence, a violated evidence kit, no DNA, “Do we have Steven Avery in custody?” a question asked by a detective way too early in the process equals, if nothing else, a rampant desire to convict that man. Add to that a detective with a lot at stake being on site at a crime scene he had been banned from. So given all that it’s hard to say if he was guilty or innocent but what is clear is at least three people in that town, who were most active in his prosecution, in both of his trials, had the most to gain from a conviction, because they were personally exposed to a $36 million law suit. Motive? Without doubt.

  5. Paul says:

    I found the docu-series to be impartial, in fact that’s one of the key attractions here, there is no narrative. The pictures, text and events drive the narrative. There is a clear conflict of interest here. Steven Avery was suing officers Lenk (who saved the day when he found the car key on the 7th search attempt) and Colborne (who found the car 2 days before it was officially discovered). So this smells like a rat right away as those 2 had the car key and it wasn’t drilled into (I’m guessing that 2 days also comes in handy when you want to plant some blood). Then, Ryan Hillegas (Teresa’s ex boyfriend who guessed her phone username and password, I can barely remember my own), directs Pam Sturm to the Avery compound but gives her a digital camera, only one he’s given out all day to a huge search party plus a direct line to the sheriff. So, then Pam Sturm goes to the Avery yard, and is let in by Earl Avery. She goes in on foot to this 40 acre plot, but finds the car almost right away and the camera then comes in handy. The younger brother Earl Avery also spent time in jail and on probation for multiple incidents in the 1990s, such as beating his wife and sexually assaulting a child, Milwaukee Magazine reported. (Also not a nice guy). So episode 5 is pretty key, with multiple witnesses that look like they are lying. Lenk, Colborne, Sturm, Hillegas all look like they are somehow involved in this. So, there is a serious amount of contenders here for alternatives to have killed Teresa. The cover up involves Lenk, Colborne and others (ok some maybe unwittingly). And Kratz (Chief Pervert on duty) poisons any would be juror with his made up narratives. This is an unsafe conviction. FACT.

    • Joe says:

      Except Colborn and Lenk weren’t named in the lawsuit. FACT.

    • Tonia says:

      Paul you are right on the money! Doesn’t matter what was left out. It’s all common sense. It’s disgusting what that county did to Brendan Massey.

      • Joe says:

        No. Common sense would be to presume that Avery is guilty given the fact that he found guilty in a court of law and both the defense/documentary didn’t actually prove any of the allegations. Literally not one allegation was proven. Anyone can “raise” doubt–there needs to be something more than that to poke holes in the slew of evidence implicating Avery as a murderer. Common sense would be to look at bones in the yard and a bullet in the garage and blood in a jeep and plenty of other things and say to one’s self, “Gee. Either Steven Avery did this murder or he fell victim to one of the most improbable frame-jobs in the history of mankind that either involved astronomical coincidences or a police force that was willing to murder an innocent stranger.” But congratulations on watching a 10 hour documentary and thinking you basically know the same things as jury members who sat through a 500 hour trial–it’s very sensible of you.

  6. Michael Anthony says:

    ‘To split hairs about what’s in and what’s out….”. That says all u need to know about this biased documentary.

    Now u have all these bingers convinced they know the truth, thanks to these filmmakers. Big deal they have over 700 hours of film. If they omit one hour that casts complete doubt on his innocence, then they’ve failed and you can question their motives. Perhaps they should have started with a truly innocent man.

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