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Dirty John Bravo TV Show Guide to Cast News, Release Date, Rumors & Spoilers

Dirty John is going to be your fall true crime obsession. The Bravo TV show is an adaptation of a hit podcast based on the true story of conman John Meehan and Debra Newell, who married him.

Here’s everything you need to know about the show.

Where have I heard of Dirty John before?

Dirty John was originally a critically acclaimed six-episode true crime podcast and story by the LA Times‘ Christopher Goffard. The gripping tale began with 59-year-old interior designer Debra Newell falling for 55-year-old John Meehan, whom she’d met on an online dating site. But as she got to know him better, her family became suspicious that he wasn’t exactly who he said he was.

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Listen to the first episode below:

When does the show premiere?

The Bravo series premieres Thursday, November 25 at 10 P.M. and will consist of eight hour-long episodes.

Who’s in it?

Connie Britton is playing Newell, and Dirty John is being played by Eric Bana. Keiko Agena of Gilmore Girls fame will also star, as Newell’s coworker Nancy, while Newell’s daughters Terra and Veronica (in real life, Newell has four children) are being played by Julia Garner and Juno Temple.

Okay, but what happens?

If you’re okay with spoilers, read ahead. After meeting Meehan, who told Newell he was an anesthesiologist who’d worked in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders, they begin dating. Despite early odd signs, like the fact that he wore blue surgical scrubs everywhere and that their first date ended with her having to kick him out of her house, the relationship progressed quickly.

Two of Newell’s daughters, shy Terra and sharp Jacquelyn, were suspicious of Meehan from the beginning, and tried to persuade their mother to reconsider the relationship. According to the story, Terra wondered: “What kind of doctor had no car? Why had no one seen John’s houses in Newport Beach and Palm Springs? Why did he seem to spend all day playing “Call of Duty” on the 70-inch plasma TV her mom had bought?”

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But within two months of meeting, the couple were married.

Dirty John Eric Bana

Eric Bana as John Meehan in Dirty John

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After that, odd things happened. One day, Newell found Meehan with a strange woman in their house. Then, she noticed once on security footage that after he’d left the house for work, he quickly returned home instead of being out for the day. Her nephew, Shad, was suspicious and hired a private investigator, who discovered that Meehan had a bankruptcy, a nursing license, and the Orange County jail address linked to his name.

Eventually, she discovered that he was, per the LA Times, “a former nurse anesthetist who became hooked on surgical painkillers and lost his career”—and that he’d also pretended to be a doctor and started relationships with many women whom he’d manipulated and blackmailed into giving him money.

Newell left Meehan, and he began to get nasty. The terrifying end to the story is that he attacked Terra with a knife—but Terra managed to grab the knife when it fell from his hand, and stabbed him multiple times. Meehan died four days later.

Don’t forget—this is a true story.

Is there a trailer?

Yes—watch it in all its creepy glory here:

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