4:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Shrill,' Starring Aidy Bryant, Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu
Hulu is keeping Shrill around.
The streamer — now 60 percent controlled by Disney — has renewed the Aidy Bryant comedy for a second season. The series will grow from six episodes to eight when the comedy based on the book by Lindy West returns in 2020.
The series launched March 15 to strong reviews. The series, in which the Saturday Night Live favorite stars as Annie, a fat woman who wants to change her life — but not her body — currently has a 91 percent rating among critics and 80 percent score among viewers on RottenTomatoes.com.
"I think there is a world where we can squeeze a couple more [seasons] in. I'm not going to stay at SNL forever, even though I love it — it's just really grueling to do both," Bryant told The Hollywood Reporter last month. "Particularly this fall, we were editing and doing all the music supervision and all that stuff while I was at SNL. So I would do that in the morning, then go to SNL and work all night. And I can't sustain that forever. I can't do it."
Bryant exec produces the series alongside Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman of Warner Bros. TV-based Brownstone Productions, SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video as well as showrunner Ali Rushfield and West.
Shrill is part of a Hulu comedy lineup that includes recent launch PEN15 — which is heating up for a second-season renewal — and the upcoming Ramy, which bows Friday. Hulu's roster includes the third and final season of Future Man, upcoming Dollface, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Disney+ import High Fidelity, Veronica Mars, import Letterkenny and dramas The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, Little Fires Everywhere, Looking for Alaska, Runaways and more.