Epix has a greenlit six-episode adjustment from SlateThe hit podcast Slow combustion, a series that investigated the Watergate scandal and how this eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Podcast host Leon Neyfakh becomes an executive producer and narrator for the series.
During the press trip of the Television Critics Association in July this year, Epix announced that the series with six episodes would premiere on November 24, 2019.
Slate launched the podcast series with eight episodes in 2017, which drew parallels between the slow-building scandal that fueled the Nixon administration, and that of the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump. The series has received much praise, and has recently taken home the Podcast of the Year at the inaugural Podcast Awards from iHeartRadio last month.
Slate produced a second season of Slow combustion another presidential scandal followed last year: the accusation of President Bill Clinton, whom we called one of the best podcasts of 2018. After the second season, Neyfakh left Slate to work on his own podcast, Fiasco, that is about the 2000 presidential election and the Bush against Gore caseand is expected to be launched sometime this spring. A second season follows the events of the Iran-Contra Scandal. Slate is expected to continue Slow combustion with a third season and sometime this year with a new host.
The pick-up is another example of an ongoing trend in the entertainment industry, as countless hit podcasts have been adapted for customization and podcast networks such as Gimlet Media (which has just been taken over by music streaming service Spotify) have not only worked on developing podcasts, but independent intellectual property that can generate new income along the way. The medium makes sense as a test bed for future modifications: they are relatively cheap (compared to that of a television pilot) to produce and are already in a serialized format. Slow combustion now joins the growing list of programs that have (or will be) converted into a television program such as Coming home, traditional knowledgeor Welcome to Nightvale.
Updated July 28, 2019, 12:13 PM ET: Updated with Epix's announcement that the series would premiere in November 2019.