“Serial,” a spin-off of the public-radio show “This American Life,” became an internet sensation in late 2014, topping the iTunes charts and gaining a strong following. The podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig, tells one true story over the course of a season using investigative journalism.
Now, per Vulture, the “Serial” team announced that they have formed a new production company called Serial Productions and unveiled its first project: “S-Town.”
Hosted by “This American Life” producer Brian Reed, “S-Town” is a non-fiction limited series that is set in a small, rural town in Alabama. Production for the podcast began when a man reached out complaining about his small town and wanted a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who had allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. After Reed took on the project, another person ended up dead and a story began to unfold about “a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the mysteries of one man’s life.”
The seven-part series is scheduled to be released in March, with all episodes to be available simultaneously. The “S-Town” editorial team also includes Starlee Kine, a “This American Life” alum.
Serial Productions also has two more projects in development. No additional details on what they are were announced.