7:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The OA' Renewed for Second Season at Netflix
Netflix's polarizing drama The OA is returning.
The streaming giant announced Wednesday that it has renewed the Brit Marling starrer from Zal Batmanglij for a second season. A return date and episode count were not immediately available.
The drama, whose logline was kept under wraps and had a surprise pre-holiday debut Dec. 16, launched to mixed reviews. THR's Daniel Fienberg called the mysterious drama a "failed, but not wholly worthless, experiment in TV autoerotism."
Created and exec produced by Marling and Batmanglij, who directed, the show starred Marling as Prairie Johnson, a woman who resurfaces after going missing for seven years. Now called "The OA," she can see despite being blind before she disappeared.
The eight-episode drama landed at Netflix following a multiple network bidding war and marked the indie darling (Sound of My Voice) duo's third collaboration and first for TV. Plan B's (12 Years a Slave) Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner executive produce alongside Anonymous Content's (True Detective, The Knick) Michael Sugar.
"From the very beginning when we were on our own daydreaming a story, we definitely thought how can we construct something that, many seasons out, has a satisfying end? So there is an end and there is an answer to every riddle and nothing is done to just be sound and fury going nowhere," Marling told THR when asked about the show's future beyond season one. "It all goes somewhere. And as to whether or not we get to tell that, I certainly hope that we do. There is a place that season two already begins in our minds and a place in which it ends."
The OA joins a rapidly growing Netflix roster that includes House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, the third and final season of Bloodline, Stranger Things, The Get Down, The Crown and more.