'Emily in Paris' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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Netflix is going back to Paris.

The streaming giant has renewed Emily in Paris for a second season. From creator Darren Star, the comedy starring Lily Collins is expected to return to production next spring on location in Paris. An episode count for the new season and premiere date have not yet been determined.

Originally developed for TV Land, the series about an American working in Paris was moved to fellow ViacomCBS-owned cabler Paramount Network before ultimately being sold off to Netflix. ViacomCBS-backed MTV Studios exec produces the series alongside Jax Media.

Since its Oct. 2 debut, Emily in Paris has been a breakout word-of-mouth hit for the streamer. While Netflix does not release traditional viewership data, measurement company Nielsen said subscribers watched more than 676 million minutes of the series within its first week of release. The series has been a mixed bag with viewers and critics alike, drawing a 64 percent and 60 percent rating, respectively.

The French press, meanwhile, was not particularly kind to Emily, with local critics blasting the show for perpetuating stereotypes of the French, glorifying an unrealistic version of Paris and absurdist plotlines.

"The show is a love letter to Paris through the eyes of this American girl who has never been there," Star told The Hollywood Reporter as part of a Creative Space interview last month. "The first thing she is seeing is the clichés because it's from her point of view. I'm not sorry for looking at Paris through a glamorous lens. It's a beautiful city, and I wanted to do a show that celebrated that part of Paris."

As for season two, Star had not yet decided if the novel coronavirus pandemic will be written into its creative. "I have ideas but I think it’s a big question mark about what effect that has on the show and the storytelling," he told THR.

Star next has the seventh and likely final season of Younger in the works at TV Land and is prepping a spinoff starring Hilary Duff as part of his sweeping overall deal with ViacomCBS.