6:16am PT by Hilary Lewis, Alex Ritman
'Fleabag' Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon and BBC
Amazon and the BBC have renewed the half-hour series Fleabag for a second season.
Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will return as writer and star in the show's second season, which is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video and BBC Three, the British broadcaster's non-linear digital platform, in 2019. The first season of Fleabag premiered on the BBC first before debuting on Amazon in September 2016.
The first season received rave reviews and, as of Friday morning (Aug. 25), boasts a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show was nominated for six BAFTA Awards in 2017, with Waller-Bridge winning the best female performance in a comedy prize.
Speaking at a special session at the Edinburgh TV Festival — in the same city where Fleabag began as a one-woman theater production — Waller-Bridge said that it had taken a long time to decide to return to her character, a dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-ridden and porn-watching young woman.
"But then I was on a bus and had an idea!" she told the audience.
"I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn't shut up since," Waller-Bridge added in a statement sent out by Amazon. "Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I'm beyond thrilled to be coming back."
Amazon Studios' head of comedy, drama and VR, Joe Lewis, added, "The first season of Fleabag introduced audiences to the brilliant and rebellious voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She's one of the best and most dynamic showrunners in TV today, and we're so excited to bring a new season of the smart and hilarious Fleabag to customers soon."
Fleabag hails from the All3Media-owned production banner Two Brothers (The Missing) in association with Waller-Bridge's DryWrite.
The first season starred Waller-Bridge, Brett Gelman, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, Hugh Dennis, Hugh Skinner, Jamie Demetriou, Jenny Rainsford and Sian Clifford.
Waller-Bridge will also appear in the upcoming untitled Han Solo stand-alone film and will serve as showrunner for BBC America's upcoming 2018 drama Killing Eve.