Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multi-platform network for women, has greenlit a companion documentary project to Bravo’s scripted anthology starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, Dirty John.
Dirty John, The Dirty Truth will trace con-man John Meehan’s trail of deceit and manipulation that began prior to meeting his former paramour, businesswoman Debra Newell, and her immediate and extended family.
Through the eyes of those closest to the case, the two-hour documentary will provide intimate insight into Meehan’s troubled past, his altercations with law enforcement, and features exclusive interviews with his first wife, Tonia Bales, and former girlfriends.
The film will also feature never-before-publicly available threatening phone calls, archival footage, police reports and commentary from police detectives Dennis Lukens and Julia Bowman, and behavioral analyst and coercive control expert Laura Richards.
Like its scripted counterpart on Bravo, the documentary is based on the articles and podcast from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard.
Dirty John, The Dirty Truth will be produced by Herzog & Company and Los Angeles Times Studios.
Executive producers include Mark Herzog, Chris Argentieri and Christopher G. Cowen. Showrunner Sara Mast also serves as an executive producer.
Dirty John, The Dirty Truth will premiere across Oxygen in January.