Will there be a Based on a True Story Season 2 on Peacock?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: June 8, 2023 (Last updated: March 5, 2024)
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Will there be a Based on a True Story Season 2 on Peacock?

This article discusses the possibility of Based on a True Story Season 2 on Peacock and may contains some minor spoilers for the first season.


The Peacock true crime satire Based on a True Story looks to tap into our cultural fascination with real-life serial killers and the shows and podcasts that fixate on them. It does so by creating its own killer and its own podcast but forgets to craft a really compelling show to show them off.

The eight-part series is nonetheless elevated by stand-out performances from the likes of Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina, and Tom Bateman, who decide to set up a lucrative new podcast after uncovering information about the identity of a serial killer terrorizing West L.A. Here’s a quote from our review:

But it’s mostly about one thing after another, and creator Craig Rosenberg (The Boys) can’t seem to decide where the whole thing should settle. It’s too toothless to be a real satire – a midpoint trip to a true crime convention in Las Vegas notwithstanding – and too silly to be a character study. Its attempts to shock or liven up the pacing are too obviously try-hard, with one death in particular that almost felt like an homage to the church scene in Hot Fuzz, but more out of place.

Given the buzzy subject matter and cliffhanger ending, the show is nonetheless likely to garner an audience, so here’s everything we know about its potential future.

Will there be a Based on a True Story Season 2 on Peacock?

Renewed or canceled status: TBC

At the time of writing Peacock have not officially renewed or canceled Based on a True Story.

This is not surprising so soon after release. However, it’s obvious that the show has been envisioned as a multiple-season project since the first season finale not only fails to work as a conclusion but doesn’t even try to pretend it’s intended as one.

Given the starry cast and true crime hook, Peacock is expecting the show to do well and it probably will. Solid viewing figures combined with that ending will virtually guarantee a second season.

Its timeline would be questionable, though. Kaley Cuoco is heavily pregnant throughout the show and will presumably take time off after giving birth. This suggests the second season would pick up after a time jump and feature Ava and Nathan’s new baby in the plot, but one imagines Cuoco won’t necessarily be in a hurry to start shooting again.

With the true crime genre being what it is, too substantial of a delay could be a death knell for a show like Based on a True Story. However, it nonetheless seems ripe for renewal, especially given that Peacock remains in need of new original content to really flesh out its exclusive line-up. Expect to hear news of this show’s future sooner rather than later, and we’ll update this page as soon as we know more.

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