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Controversial Series to Return With New Episodes

Jul 20, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A series that was just nominated for a Primetime Emmy after stirring up controversy is in production on new episodes. Netflix announced that it is producing new episodes of “Making a Murderer,” which was nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

The first 10 episodes of the docuseries, which examines the controversial case of Steven Avery, were released in December and brought new attention to Avery’s case. Avery served 18 years for rape and attempted murder before being exonerated and then rearrested and convicted of a separate murder.

The Avery case has since been the focus of considerable media coverage along with a petition for a presidential pardon.

“This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as the emotional toll the process takes on all involved,” Netflix said in its announcement. “The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and [co-defendant Brendan] Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case.”

Executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return for the new installments.

Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming, commented in the announcement: “Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system. We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”

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