The release date for Unlocking the Truth season 2 — Pending
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Unlocking the Truth season 2 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. MTV is yet to make a decision on its future. Subscribe to our automatic updates below.
Series premise and hosts
Unlocking the Truth is an all-new true-crime investigational series that premiered on MTV on August 17, 2016. The premiere episode was simulcast on YouTube and Facebook Live commercial-free as a means of promotion. The series contains 8 episodes and is hosted by Ryan Ferguson and Eva Nagao. Michael Davies, Debbie DeMontrieux, Adam Kassen, Andrew Jenks and Stacey Altman Shepard serve as executive producers on the series.
Ferguson has a very personal outlook on the issue of wrongful imprisonment and conviction. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit, and served ten before being acquitted with the assistance of attorney Kathleen Zellner, the lawyer for Steven Avery (Making a Murderer). Eva Nagao is involved with the University of Chicago Law School’s Exoneration Project as the project director. Together the hosts explore three cases where the inmates are insisting on their wrongful conviction. Michael Politte, Byron Case and Kalvin Michael Smith are the three inmates who are fighting the system and claiming their innocence.
Social significance, ratings and renewal prospects
It is estimated that 3 to 5% of the prison population in the United States are wrongfully convicted, which adds up to a huge number – it means that 60,000 people were failed by the justice system. Unlocking the Truth does a very important thing, bringing this issue to light. The show is averaging under 0.4 million viewers and is maintaining a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. There’s been no word from MTV on a possible renewal of the series yet, so please stay tuned, and we’ll inform you of relevant developments.
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