Hit podcast Serial announces plans for a third season

Sarah Koenig and her team reveal they are working on two separate stories and plan to air a second series in autumn and a third next spring

It’s been five long months of Serial-free commutes to work. The podcast broke iTunes records with its first series late last year when listeners were gripped by the real-life story of murdered high school student Hae Min Lee and her convicted ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed.

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The spin-off from This American Life ended inconclusively back in December, and we’ve been waiting for the promised second series ever since.

So, do you want the good news or the good news? First up, Sarah Koenig and her team are working on two new seasons telling different stories. According to an email sent to newsletter subscribers on Wednesday, “we are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories… They’re very different from season one, but no less interesting to us.”

While there are still no details of what exactly the new narratives will be about, we do have some dates. Series two will debut this autumn, and you won’t have to wait long for series three which will be ready to ease our daily toil with crowded public transport from spring 2016. “We hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of season two and the beginning of season three,” says the newsletter. 

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There’s even more good news for American fans. Sarah Koenig and co-creator Julie Snyder will also go on tour to promote their new series with a string of dates in the States in Texas, Connecticut, Virginia and more. Check the Serial Facebook page for details.