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‘Serial’ Returning for Two More Seasons

Host Sarah Koenig teases new stories, talks updates in Adnan Syed’s case, announces live dates

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Sarah Koenig, producer and host of the podcast Serial, said the show will return for two more seasons beginning this fall.

Meredith Heuer

The hit podcast Serial will return for a second and third season, producer and host Sarah Koenig announced in an e-mail blast that noted she and her team are currently reporting on two new, separate stories.

According to Koenig, Serial is expected to return this fall, while Season Three is tentatively scheduled to arrive the following spring. While she didn’t offer any details on either story, Koenig wrote, “What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us.”

Koenig also passed along news of a legal development in the case of Adnan Syed, whose conviction of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, was the subject of Serial‘s first season. The Maryland Court of Special appeals recently remanded part of Syed’s case back to the circuit court, which in 2013 denied Syed’s post-conviction petition. At the time, Syed claimed that he had received ineffective counsel from his attorney Cristina Gutierrez, primarily because she neither pursued nor contacted a potential alibi witness, Asia McClain.

Syed had appealed that decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, where he was scheduled to appear next month. But as Koenig explains, that court’s decision has essentially paused the case so that Syed can both request the circuit court re-open his post-conviction proceedings and submit McClain’s statement. As Serial first reported, McClain claims she saw Syed in the library the day Lee went missing in 1999; she reiterated this fact in an affidavit submitted in January after the podcast had ended.

There is, however, no guarantee that the circuit court will grant Syed a new trial, or even hear McClain’s testimony. Still, Koenig noted that the possibility for new testimony or fact-finding is a positive development for Syed, whose case will likely return to the Court of Special Appeals after the McClain issue is sorted.

Koenig also offered some thoughts on the role Serial, and the ensuing public interest in Syed, has played in the court’s decision to meticulously readdress parts of his case. “Clearly the appellate judges are aware the public is watching, and while I don’t imagine they’d order anything they didn’t think was just, I do think it’s possible that they’re being extra careful to make this process as transparent as they can, so that the public will fully understand their ultimate decision,” she wrote.

With the case ongoing, Koenig should have more to discuss when she hits the road for a series of live dates this summer. Koenig, who will be accompanied by co-producer Julie Snyder at most of the shows, will play behind-the-scenes tapes, discuss the making of Season One and talk about the challenges of reporting and suddenly being in the national spotlight. A full schedule is below.

Serial live dates

June 6 — Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
June 10 — Hartford, CT @ The Bushnell Theatre
August 1 — Austin, TX @ Long Center (Koenig only)
August 2 — Fort Worth, TX @ Podcast Movement 2015 (Koenig only)
August 3 — Dallas, TX @ AT&T Performing Arts Center (Koenig only)
September 9 — Cleveland, OH @ Writers Center Stage Series
September 25 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

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