Hot on the heels of the news that Connie Britton has been cast in Bravo's upcoming Dirty John anthology series, comes word that Eric Bana will join her on the show in its first season. Connie is slated to play the series lead Debra Newell, a single mother and interior designer who falls for "Dirty John" aka John Meehan. Eric joins the project as John, the "handsome and romantic charmer" whom Debra falls for and is later pulled "into his web of lies."
The show marks Eric's U.S. television debut. Connie and Eric also serve as executive producers on the series.
Earlier this year, Bravo greenlit a a two-season, straight-to-series order for the scripted show based on articles and the popular podcast Dirty John from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The podcast launched in October 2017 and took a closer look at how Newell's romantic relationship with Meehan turned into a dark tale of deceit, manipulation, and survival for her whole family. Season 1 will focus on that story while Season 2 will be a different, self-contained story, with details to be announced at a later date.
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A companion docuseries investigating the real "Dirty John," told through those whose lives he upended, will air on Oxygen. “The story of Dirty John is uniquely fit for both the Bravo & Oxygen brands,” said Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in a statement. “For the Bravo audience, it’s a chillingly relatable story of love, manipulation and survival that dovetails nicely with our other original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Imposters. For Oxygen, it joins a roster of exclusive access, high-stakes premium content that the network is becoming known for among true crime enthusiasts.”
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