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A TV Show Based On The 'Serial' Podcast Is In The Works

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Everyone and their moms were captivated by the Serial podcast that basically rocked the podcasting world last year. We all knew it was just a matter of time before Hollywood got their hands in this moneymaker. That time is here now: a TV show based on the podcast is in the works.

Executive producers-writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller—the team behind movies and TV shows like The Lego Movie, The Last Man on Earth, and 21 Jump Street—are joining forces with Fox 21 TV Studios (Homeland) for a scripted cable series based on Serial, reports Deadline.

Now, don't expect the TV show to be a rehashed version of the topic of the first season of Serial—high school student Hae Min Lee's murder. It's going to be different, though the new case is hush hush for now.

What we do know is that Lord and Miller will be developing a TV series that will "follow the making of the podcast as it follows a case," according to Deadline. We're hoping that it'll be like a fictional version of HBO's The Jinx, where new details and arrest of Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO docu-series, were divulged in real time in the news as the six-part series was airing on the cable network.

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As for the Serial TV show, your trusty podcast's host and co-producer Sarah Koenig and other co-producer Julie Snyder will be executive producing this TV series, so at least we know it'll still have their touch to it. Also involved is Seth Cohen, and This American Life's Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp. Serial was an offshoot of the popular This American Life radio program.

Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter that she has a lot of faith in Lord and Miller: "Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial. They experiment. They don't mimic formulas. Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they're smarter than us."

Currently, Lord and Miller are looking for a writer to pen the podcast-to-TV adaptation. Once they find the right person, they'll start pitching the series to cable networks, according to Variety.

The first season of Serial launched in October 2014, and followed the 1999 murder of Lee in Baltimore, Maryland. It looked into whether her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is currently serving time in jail for her murder, really killed her. The producers of the Serial podcast are currently working on seasons two and three, one of which will follow the bizarre case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 under mysterious circumstances.

We've felt empty since Serial ended, so we welcome with open arms a TV show and two more seasons of the podcast. And if you need something to tide you over in the meantime, a creepy fictional podcast called Limetown, which mimics the same format as Serial, has released two episodes. We're already hooked.