Sounds like there is still some truth to be told.
Apple TV+ has ordered another season of the Octavia Spencer-starring and produced drama series Truth Be Told. The series was created and run by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. Spencer produces alongside Hello Sunshine, Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Truth Be Told season 2 does not yet have a release date.
“Working with Octavia Spencer has been a dream come true for me. I am honored to continue to build the character of Poppy Parnell with her, and my partners at Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment,” Tramble Spellman said in a statement. “Apple continues to show their tremendous support for us and the show. I am thrilled to dive back into exploring our national obsession with true crime and how it plays out with our rich canvas of compelling characters.”
Truth Be Told’s first season was based on the novel Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. It followed the story of investigative podcaster Poppy Parnell as she re-examines the case of convicted killer Warren Cave (Aaron Paul). Throughout the season’s eight episodes, Poppy grapples with whether her podcast had undue influence over a potentially innocent man’s life.
From the sound of things, Truth Be Told season 2 will be going in an entirely new direction. Though Spencer is set to return as Poppy, the season will be covering an entirely new case. This likely means that Paul, Lizzy Caplan, and several other cast members will not return, however, that has not yet been confirmed. Either way, retaining Spencer was probably enough to Truth Be Told to continue at Apple TV+
“Octavia’s performance and Nichelle’s story struck a chord with audiences,” Matt Cherniss, head of development, Apple Worldwide Video said in a statement. “We are proud of this powerful show and the incredible team behind it, and look forward to a second season.”
Octavia Spencer has won one Academy Award (for The Help) and been nominated for two others (Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water). She has been a steady presence on both television and at the movies since her debut in 1996 (A Time to Kill). Truth Be Told was originally billed as a miniseries but ordering a second season stays in line with Apple TV+’s strategy of locking down talented, big name actors for multiple seasons. Truth Be Told joins the likes of The Morning Show, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, and See as big, star-led projects to get a second season at Apple TV+.