8:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Comedy Central Renews 'Another Period' for Season 3
Comedy Central is betting big on Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt.
The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed Another Period for a third season weeks ahead of the series' season-two premiere.
A satire of both historical dramas such as Downton Abbey and celebrity-driven reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the half-hour comedy follows the lives of the indulgent and deluded Bellacourt family and the staff catering to every absurd whim. The show's creators, Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, also star as the sisters. Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Jason Ritter, David Wain and Christina Hendricks round out the main cast.
The second season of the series, which premieres June 15, will welcome famed historical figures like Albert Einstein, Teddy and Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman. In anticipation, Comedy Central will make the entire first season available on its website and app beginning June 8.
Another Period is executive produced by Leggero, Lindhome and Drunk History's Jeremy Konner, as well as Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein of Red Hour Films, which produces the series.
“I was raised to understand it’s not polite to talk about periods, so I’ll leave it at that," Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said Monday in his announcement.
Added Leggero and Lindhome: "We'd like to thank Comedy Central for this continued opportunity to dress like queens and act like assholes."
The news comes weeks after it was announced that Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless was stepping down and Alterman would take her place. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter shortly thereafter, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group boss Doug Herzog praised Comedy Central's stability in the face of "challenging times" across the board.
"The content and the brand are in pretty good shape," he said. "I believe that if we keep doing what we do well, a lot of these things are going to get figured out over time. We have to keep the brand vital, relevant, healthy."
The season-three pickup for Another Period also comes after Comedy Central handed out renewals to several original series in late March, including Drunk History, Tosh.0 and This Is Not Happening.