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‘Cruel Summer’ Season 2: Lexi Underwood to Star in Recasting

The second season of Cruel Summer continues to evolve at Freeform. Little Fires Everywhere breakout Lexi Underwood has been tapped to replace newcomer Eloise Payet in one of the leading roles for the second season of the recently announced anthology. Sources tell THR that the decision was made to redevelop and recast the role following […]

‘Single Drunk Female’ Renewed at Freeform

Tara Duncan’s Freeform is beginning to come into focus. The Disney-backed, younger-skewing basic cable network has handed out a second-season renewal for breakout Single Drunk Female and picked up dramedy While You Were Breeding to series. The order for the latter series, based on the memoir from showrunner Kristin Newman (Only Murders in the Building), […]

‘Cruel Summer’ Overhaul: New Cast, Showrunner Set for Season 2 (Exclusive)

Freeform’s breakout hit Cruel Summer is being completely overhauled for its sophomore run. The series’ second season, which began production today, will feature a totally different storyline that comes complete with a new cast and showrunner. Sadie Stanley (The Goldbergs), newcomer Eloise Payet, Griffin Gluck (Locke & Key), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Lisa Yamada (All […]

‘Cruel Summer’ Creator Exits After Creative Flap With Freeform (Exclusive)

Cruel Summer is a newly minted hit for Freeform and its new Tara Duncan-led regime, but it became a breakout series for the Disney-backed cable network without its creator’s involvement. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that creator Bert V. Royal quit his Freeform series after clashing with an exec at the basic cabler last summer, […]

‘Cruel Summer’ Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

It’s a happy summer at Freeform. The Disney-owned basic cable network has handed out a second-season renewal for its breakout hit Cruel Summer. The series has also now become the younger-skewing cabler’s most watched ever. An episode count and return time frame for season two have yet to be determined. Picked up to series a […]