Netflix has ordered two more installments of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s Monster, following the massive success of Dahmer – Monster: the Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Future installments will tell the stories of other monstrous killers who’ve impacted society, the streamer said in a press release Monday.
Dahmer premiered on Sept. 21. Viewers quickly embraced the 10-episode series, making it one of Netflix’s most-watched shows of all time. As of Nov. 1, Dahmer had garnered over 934 million view hours, and is on track to reach 1 billion hours in the coming weeks. The series broke a Nielsen record as the seventh most viewed streaming program in the U.S. in a single week, and it’s held the top spot on Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart for three consecutive weeks.
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In addition to renewing the Monster serial killer series, Netflix has ordered a second season of real-estate thriller, The Watcher, from Murphy, Brennan and Eric Newman. Executive producers of season one also include: Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Bryan Unkeless, Paris Barclay, Naomi Watts, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost and Scoop Wasserstein.
“Audiences can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher,” Bela Bajaria, head of global TV at Netflix, said in a statement. “The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world. The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.”
The Watcher follows husband and wife Dean (Bobby Cannavale) and Nora Brannock (Naomi Watts) who just purchased their dream home in Westfield, New Jersey, but they soon realize the neighborhood is less than welcoming. There’s a weird older woman named Pearl (Mia Farrow) and her brother Jasper (Terry Kinney), who sneaks into the Brannock’s house and hides. There’s Karen (Jennifer Coolidge), the realtor and an old acquaintance of Nora’s, who makes them feel like they don’t really belong, and nosy neighbors Mitch (Richard Kind) and Mo (Margo Martindale), who don’t seem to understand property lines. The couple’s lives soon turn into a living hell when mysterious letters from someone calling themself “The Watcher” start arriving.
Dahmer recounts the gruesome crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and dissolving body parts in acid. Many of his victims were Black men he met in gay bars.
Evan Peters portrayed Dahmer in the series. Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, and Niecy Nash co-starred.
Murphy and Brennan served as executive producers along with Peters, Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Evan Peters, and Janet Mock. Carl Franklin directed and executive produced the first episode. Rashad Robinson of Color of Change served as consulting producer.
You can watch the trailer for The Jeffrey Dahmer Story below: