11:20am PT by Rick Porter
William Jackson Harper to Lead 'Love Life' Season 2 at HBO Max
William Jackson Harper is set as the lead for season two of HBO Max's anthology Love Life.
The Good Place alum will star as a man coming out of a long relationship in the series. Anna Kendrick, who starred in season one and remains an executive producer of the show, will appear occasionally as her character, Darby.
Harper will play a character whose years-long relationship with a woman he thought was his soulmate has ended. With the rug pulled out from under him, he is plunged back into the search for the romantic fulfillment that he thought he had already found.
Like the first season, season two will be set in New York, and series creator Sam Boyd told The Hollywood Reporter that the two stories will have other points of connection besides Kendrick's Darby.
"It's important to us that it feels like it takes place in this extended universe," Boyd said. "We have a fun way we can keep Darby floating in and out through this world. It's more of a baton pass to this new protagonist."
Harper earned an Emmy nomination in 2020 for his work on the final season of NBC's The Good Place. He stars in Barry Jenkins' limited series The Underground Railroad (based on Colson Whitehead's novel), set to debut on Amazon in 2021. His credits also include Midsommar, True Story and VH1's The Breaks. He is repped by UTA, AC Management, Jill Fritzo PR and Jackoway Austen.
Love Life, from Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment, was among HBO Max's launch-day series and was the first scripted show to earn a renewal from the WarnerMedia streaming platform.
Boyd and Bridget Bedard are co-showrunners and executive produce with Kendrick and Feigco's Paul Feig and Dan Magnante.
Deadline first reported Harper's casting.