Jarvis told The Verge within an interview concerning the podcast that she became interested in Holmes as she rose to fame from the media, and explained that the entire narrative worked really well as a podcast. “It had a lot of layers to it, it’s not entirely straightforward, there’s some nuance and beef,” she states. The show delves into Holmes built Theranos she mimicked her career after the Steve Jobs, and she was able to fool people into thinking her merchandise would finally do the job.
Hosted by ABC main business, economics, and technology correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, The Dropout debuted earlier this season as a six-episode podcast and accompanying documentary series which came following a three-year evaluation into Theranos and its founder. Holmes famously dropped from Stanford to found the firm, attracting an amazing amount of attention (and $900 million in investment capital) because of her”revolutionary” background blood-testing unit, but Theranos crashed spectacularly as it became evident that the organization’s product was unworkable, and its seeming successes were available deceptions.
All of this would result in a compelling few hours of television — and has been the subject of several documentaries, including HBO’s The Inventor. Deadline reports the limited series will be between six and 10 episodes, also will celebrity McKinnon as Holmes. That in itself is exciting: anyone who’s seen her on Saturday Night Live knows she’s unmatched at impersonations, and her version of Holmes should be something to watch.
In yet another example of a podcast turning into a TV show, Hulu has ordered a version of ABC Nightline’s investigative show, The Dropout, roughly Elizabeth Holmes and her unsuccessful blood-testing firm Theranos, together with Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon exploited for the lead character.