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Tig Notaro has set a return for her TV alter ego.
The comedian’s Amazon series One Mississippi will release its second season Sept. 8, the streamer announced Tuesday. The semi-autobiographical comedy stars Notaro as a version of herself, also named Tig, reliving a version of the real-life events that comprised the most difficult year of her life. In 2012, the stand-up comedian nearly died from a bacterial infection, went through a breakup, suffered the untimely death of her mother and was diagnosed with cancer. The series of tragic events was recounted in her now legendary stand-up routine, “Hello, I Have Cancer.”
The first season saw Tig returning to her hometown in Mississippi to say goodbye to her dying mother and grieve with her brother Remy (Noah Harpster) and stepfather Bill (John Rothman), while opening the door to a possible relationship with local radio producer Kate (played by Notaro’s wife, Stephanie Allynne).
The second season, according to the synopsis from Amazon, picks back up with Tig, her stepfather Bill and brother Remy living together again in the family’s home in Mississippi. It’s a season of new beginnings and new relationships for each of them, all of which test their personal status quo as well as family boundaries — and love is in the air. Tig resumes her radio career in Biloxi with Kate by her side, though her outspoken point of view proves controversial for the local market. An opportunity to take a bigger stage in New Orleans comes with more reach, and also more responsibility.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (Ray Donovan, Wicked) and Carly Jibson (The Guest Book, Hairspray) join the cast. One Mississippi was created by Notaro and Diablo Cody with Kate Robin serving as showrunner.
When asked about the potential for a Tig and Kate relationship in the second season, Notaro told The Hollywood Reporter that one of the notes she received about the first season was that her character had “too many romantic interests.” She said of the season-one ending after it released, “The Kate part is obviously a hint or tease that maybe there’s something there, but there’s nothing confirmed of what we’re going to do…. And because Stephanie is my wife and person in real life, I think people assume I’m going to end up with Kate. Will I? I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. That’s been the fun part of it.”
One thing the mom of twins said she is ready to do is to close the book on documenting her cancer story, which she has recounted in several TV specials, documentaries, a memoir and the first season of the scripted half-hour TV comedy.
“People ask about my stand-up, ‘Are you going to close the chapter on the close association you have with cancer and people knowing you with that?’ And I say, ‘If it feels right to let it go.’ And it has,” she said. “I don’t talk about having cancer in my stand-up anymore. I don’t have cancer. But if it comes up for me again, that I’m going through something, I’m going to talk about it. I’m going to do whatever feels right whenever it feels right.”
Watch a teaser for the second season, which Amazon released along with the premiere announcement, above.
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