Netflix has unveiled the trailer for its second season of the anthology series Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer. The first season of the series, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which was released on Netflix back in February of this year, covered the mysterious death of Elisa Lam. It was viewed by 45 million times in its first month, resulting in renewal by Netflix for 3 more seasons.
This new season will consist of three 45-minute episodes.
Season 2 begins as firemen respond to a call at a seedy hotel in the middle of Times Square in December 1979. What they discover among the smoke and ash shocks even the most seasoned NYC homicide detectives, triggering a hunt for a vicious serial killer who preyed upon sex workers operating within Times Square’s then-booming, anything-goes sex industry. The three-part series takes viewers deep into the investigation, detailing the social and systemic forces at play in a near-lawless area in the center of Manhattan that allowed multiple horrific crimes to go unnoticed for too long.
Joe Berlinger, known for directing several true-crime projects like Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and the first season of Crime Scene, also directed the second season, as well as executive produced alongside Brian Grazer and Ron Howard under the Imagine Documentaries banner, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen, Jon Doran, Jen Isaacson, Samantha Grogin, and Leslie Mattingly.
Berlinger said about the new season:
As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve watched Times Square become the tourist mecca it is today — but many people have forgotten about the darker era of the late 1970’s and early 80’s when it was a near-lawless sexual playground that enabled predators to exploit sex workers, or worse. Through the location-focused lens of this series and this particular season, we unpack how this particular time and place, and a confluence of social forces, created an environment that allowed terrible things to happen and a killer to go unnoticed for too long.
Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer be released on Netflix on December 29, 2021.