Based on real-life events, Netflix will be developing a new series called Confessions, based on Jason Smith’s non-fiction 2015 article The Confessions of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher, which chronicles his two-year stint teaching public high school in northern California.
Paul Wesley, a Vampire Diaries alumni will produce and star in the series. This was his passion project since it was first published. He also founded Citizen Media to make this possible. Warner Bros. Television first offered the title in 2016, before it was moved to Netflix in April 2022.
Confessions will be written by Wesley’s former showrunner Julie Plec, who will also produce and serve as showrunner. She is known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and Roswell, New Mexico. Plec and Bradley Paul (Better Call Saul) will write the series.
Wesley is executive producing with his former producing partner Bob Levy, Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan and Brian Morewitz as well as My So-Called Company’s Plec and Emily Cummins. Universal Television is also onboard to produce.
Here’s what else we know so far about Netflix’s Confessions:
Netflix’s Confessions is based on Jason Smith’s non-fiction 2015 article The Confessions of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher. Medium also has the story.
Smith’s article chronicles his two-year stint teaching public high school in northern California. Despite teaching while anesthetized by a heavy dose of prescription narcotics, Jason finds that his brokenness from addiction begins attracting broken students, and in a town obsessed with high school football, he’s not alone in his obsession to escape from himself.
The cast of Netflix’s Confessions will be led by Paul Wesley. Wesley recently joined the cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, taking on the iconic role of James T. Kirk. He also starred on The Vampire Diaries for eight seasons and directed multiple episodes throughout the series’ run.
Netflix’s Confessions is still in active development meaning the script is currently being written and revised with pre-production following afterward.
The number of episodes that will be featured in Netflix’s Confessions hasn’t been confirmed yet. That said we’d bet a standard 8 or 10 episodes, like most other Netflix dramas.
Netflix hasn’t announced any dates for Confessions, but considering its very early development stage, we are expecting a 2023 release at the absolute earliest.