Epix has greenlit a six-episode adaptation of Slate’s hit podcast Gradual Burn, a sequence that explored the Watergate scandal and the way it ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Podcast host Leon Neyfakh can be an government producer and narrator for the sequence.
The sequence is anticipated to launch in late 2019 on Epix. Slate launched the eight-episode podcast sequence in 2017 which drew parallels between the slowly-building scandal that tanked the Nixon Administration, and that of the continuing investigations into President Donald Trump. The sequence has earned widespread acclaim, and not too long ago took house the Podcast of the Yr at iHeartRadio’s inaugural Podcast Awards final month.
Slate produced a second season of Gradual Burn final yr that adopted one other presidential scandal: the impeachment of President Invoice Clinton, which we known as among the finest podcasts of 2018. Following the second season, Neyfakh left Slate to work on his personal podcast, Fiasco, which will be all about the 2000 Presidential Election and the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore, and is anticipated to launch someday this spring. A second season will comply with the occasions of the Iran-Contra Scandal. Slate is anticipated to proceed Gradual Burn with a 3rd season and with a brand new host someday this yr.
The pickup is one other instance of an ongoing pattern within the leisure trade as quite a few hit podcasts are snapped up for diversifications, and podcast networks like Gimlet Media (which was simply acquired by music streaming service Spotify), have labored not solely to develop podcasts, however standalone mental property that may yield new income down the street. The medium is sensible as a test-bed for future diversifications: they’re comparatively low-cost (in comparison with that of a tv pilot) to supply, and already are available in a serialized format. Gradual Burn now joins the rising record of exhibits which were (or can be) became a tv present, like Homecoming, Lore, or Welcome to Nightvale.