4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Insatiable' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
For Netflix, it seems that any press is good press.
The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it has renewed its controversial "revenge comedy" Insatiable for a second season. The series, starring Debby Ryan, will return in 2019.
Created by Lauren Gussis and based in part on her experience, the hourlong series was originally developed for The CW but picked up to series at Netflix after narrowly missing the mark at the younger-skewing broadcast network. The show revolves around an overweight teenager (Ryan) who seeks revenge on those that tormented her after she loses the weight.
After the trailer for the CBS TV Studios-produced Insatiable was released, an immediate backlash began — a Change.org petition garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures — after many took issue with the show for perpetuating the "toxicity of diet culture" and the "objectification of women's bodies." Reviews of the series have skewered it as "poorly done and misguided." Insatiable has a staggeringly bad 11 percent score among critics on RottenTomatoes.com but a favorable 83 percent audience score.
Gussis defended her series in an interview last month with The Hollywood Reporter in which she noted that the storylines reflected on Insatiable are from her own personal experience. "I wanted to poke at all those issues through comedy. But every single one of the issues that these characters struggle with — from eating disorders to body dysmorphia, to sexuality to needing outside power and validation, to wanting to be perfect, to mental illness — I have struggled with every single one of those things," Gussis told THR, noting that creating a "safe" show would border on censorship.
"It was important to me to just let them all be out in the world, and in a world that I created, where they get to enact all of their terrible impulses to fill a hole," she added. "Because as someone who has struggled with all of them, I know my first thought is probably not the right thing. What happens if you act that way? I come from an eating disorder. My brain, about that stuff, is broken. There, of course, is the aspirational tale of someone who is fully healed and who does the right thing all the time. But my truth is that because of all the messages I got fed about the way that I should look or the way that I should be, I got miswired, and the impulses are not good. Then, I got to play them all out to show how damaging that actually can be."
Gussis executive produces Insatiable alongside Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim. Ryan stars alongside Dallas Roberts, Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham.