No lie: Peacock is ordering a second season of Based on a true story.
The NBCUniversal-owned streamer has picked up the series, a comedy thriller from UCP starring Kaley Cuoco (who is also an executive producer) and Chris Messina. The first season debuted in June to mostly favorable reviews; Detailed viewing data is, as usual for streamers, not public, but the series did land in the top 10 of Nielsen in the week of the premiere.
Based on a true story is actually based on (or at least partially inspired by) a true story, while also satirizing real-life crime figures. In the series, Cuoco and Messina play the roles of Ava and Nathan, an unhappy couple who cross paths with a notorious serial killer in Los Angeles. Ava, a true crime obsessive, comes up with the idea of creating a podcast with the killer as a way out of their rut.
The cast also includes Tom Bateman, Priscilla Quintana, Liana Liberato, Natalia Dyer, Alex Alomar Akpobome, Aisha Alfa, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Li Jun Li, June Diane Raphael, Brandon Keener, Jessica St. Clair, Claire Holt, Miles Mussenden , Sebastian Quinn, Belmont Cameli, Aaron Staton, Timm Sharp, Yvonne Senat Jones, Lizze Broadway and Ever Carradine.
Craig Rosenberg (The boys and spin-off Gen V) created the series. He produced the first season with Cuoco, Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan of Aggregate Films, and director Alex Buono. Aggregate Films’ Roxie Rodriguez and Melissa Blake co-exec produced the first season.