The 'Dirty John' Cast vs. The Real People They Played

The second season of the hit podcast-turned-drama looks intense.

Amanda Peet
(Image credit: USA Network)

The much-anticipated second season of Dirty John, titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, hits the USA Network on June 2 with an all-star cast that includes Amanda Peet and Christian Slater. If you're not familiar with the real story of Betty Broderick, she became infamous in the '80s and early '90s for shooting her ex-husband and his new wife in their home, kicking off one of the most riveting murder trials of its time. Both members of strict Catholic families, Betty and Daniel Broderick had married young (she was only 17 when they met); Betty helped support her husband as he went through medical school, then completed law school, then became one the best medical malpractice lawyers in San Diego. But after a long marriage and four kids, he left her to marry his young office assistant, Linda (Kolkena) Broderick. The season is expected to cover events from both perspectives: That of volatile, agitated Betty (played by Peet), as well as that of her powerful, confident husband/ex-husband (played by Slater), on top of everyone else who got caught up in their battles. Early stills from the show make it look like the characters will be just as compelling as real life—and most of the actors look eerily similar to their real-life counterparts.

Katherine J. Igoe

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