When American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy first boarded the Netflix streaming train with a lucrative deal, a lot of rubber-neckers and doomsayers pronosticated that the money which was being spent on Murphy’s services would ultimatley be wasted; “Murphy’s folly” they called it. Fortunately for those of us who root for happy endings, Murphy has done nothing but deliver one hit after another for a streaming service that desperately needed more hit shows in their stable outside of Stranger Things, Cobra Kai and Bridgerton. Collectively, Murphy’s (alongside fellow writing gremlin Ian Brennan) Jeffrey Dahmer deep-dive Monster and its sinister and skulking cousin The Watcher have scored majorly with viewers, creating a new and steady cash inflow for Netflix and leaving their investors quite happy (and relieved) in the process.
Netflix has announced that two new seasons of Monster have been greenlit, with each season expected to tackle a new real life Big Bad, according to our Zodiac-investigating pals over at Variety. The sparse details on what’s to come for Monster certainly sounds intruiguing, with a company promise of “other monstrous figures who have impacted society.”
Additionally, Murphy’s other reigning champ at Netflix – The Watcher – has been given a green light for a sophomore season. The Watcher deals with a married couple settling into their new home only to become the target of an anonymous and eerie series of letters, all of which are thinly veiled threats warning the family to leave their new digs immediately. Suspects abound in this taut and riveting thriller and the twists and turns were just enough to fascinate audiences in best Hitchcockian-fashion.
“Audiences can’t take their eyes off ‘Monster’ and ‘The Watcher,’” enthused Bela Bajaria, Netflix Big Wheel and Head of Global TV. “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.”
We’re confirmed Ryan Murphy fans here at Vents, so major plaudits for the additional seasons on Monster and The Watcher; we’ll keep everyone posted on any and all new bits of information on these two returning shows as it becomes known to us!