How do you make a Making a Murderer? Well, for SundanceTV that means dusting off the one you already have. The network will be making its Peabody Award–winning docu-series The Staircase from 2005 available on its website and app beginning January 15, with the first two episodes free. (That’s how they get you!) The eight-part series by Oscar winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade details the case of novelist Michael Peterson, on trial for the murder of his wife, Kathleen, who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their North Carolina mansion in 2001. The ensuing trial involved sex, politics, and possibly another death in a complex series of plot twists and reversals. It was well reviewed when it came out, and has been called “the Serial before there was a Serial!” The original docu-series will be aired with de Lestrade’s 2013 follow-up The Staircase: Last Chance, which documents Peterson’s release from jail pending a retrial. So, if you’re looking for another true-crime fix post–Making a Murderer, Sundance has got you covered.
The ur-Murderer. Photo: Sundance Channel