2:00pm PT by Lacey Rose
'Shrill' to End With Season Three at Hulu (Exclusive)
Shrill's upcoming season will be its last.
The news comes as the Aidy Bryant comedy readies its third and now final season for release on Hulu this spring. The critically-praised half-hour, produced by Warner Bros. Television, is inspired by Lindy West's book Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. Bryant stars in addition to writing and producing.
“Shrill has been one of the most creatively satisfying experiences of my life, a true labor of love for me and everyone who worked so hard on it," Bryant said in a statement Wednesday. "We are incredibly proud of this upcoming third and final season and are so grateful to the audience who connected with this story. I am deeply honored to have worked so closely with the writers, cast and crew to make Shrill while continuing my work at SNL, it is a time I will never forget. I have endless love for our crew in Portland and I am excited to get back to NY and rejoin my other work family at SNL in the meantime."
Since Shrill's launch in early 2019, Bryant had been pulling double duty. She filmed the first two seasons of the Portland-based comedy while Saturday Night Live was on hiatus, enabling her to be back in 30 Rock for the SNL season. The pandemic made such a setup for the show's third impossible, however. Instead, Bryant filmed the Hulu series this fall, which meant sitting out of SNL as the show did its run of election-themed episodes. With Shrill now in the can, Bryant will make her return to SNL for the its forthcoming batch of episodes.
“We feel incredibly lucky to have worked with the brilliant Aidy Bryant over the past three years to tell Annie’s story and we’re proud that Aidy and the team are able to reward fans with a perfect ending to the series," said Hulu's vp, content development Billy Rosenberg. "Shrill has received well-deserved praise and acclaim and has been an important part of Hulu’s comedy brand. A huge congratulations and thank you to Aidy, [showrunner] Ali Rushfield, Lindy West, Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, and the entire teams at Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions.”
The show's final season, which will also be run by Rushfield and executive produced by SNL's Michaels and Banks, finds Annie (Bryant) energized by her breakup with her dud boyfriend Ryan and her newfound momentum at work. Annie feels like everything is finally falling into place for her, but does she actually know how to get what she wants?