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Hulu is leaning hard into its newfound comedy brand.
The streamer has handed out second-season renewals to rookie comedies PEN15 and recently launched Ramy. Both series join previously picked up Shrill as the streamer continues to enjoy breakout successes among its recently discovered comedy brand. The news was part of the slate of announcements unveiled Wednesday at Hulu’s NewFronts presentation in New York, where the streamer also announced a pair of live-action Marvel dramas, a Nicole Kidman series and other news.
The renewal for PEN15 arrives three months after it launched to favorable reviews. The delay, sources say, comes after stars, co-creators, co-writers and co-showrunners Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle inked new deals to return. The duo, who have broken out thanks to their PEN15 roles as teenagers in the early 2000s-set comedy, were seeking and secured sizable pay raises to return for the second season. Sam Zvibleman (Take My Wife) co-created the project alongside Erskine and Konkle. Season two will consist of 14 episodes — up four from its freshman order. A return date for season two has not yet been determined. Debbie Liebling will serve as executive producer, alongside Marc Provissiero and Brooke Pobjoy from Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island; and Becky Sloviter of Party Over Here. Pen15 is produced by AwesomenessTV.
Ramy, meanwhile, launched April 19 to rave reviews. The series, which returns for a 10-episode second season, follows first-generation Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. Ramy explores the challenges of what it’s like to be caught between a Muslim community that believes life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. Ramy Youssef stars in, wrote, executive produced and created the comedy, which is executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, A24’s Ravi Nandan, and co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, and produced by A24.
The renewals cement Hulu’s recent comedy hot streak, which started with PEN15 and was followed by Aidy Bryant vehicle Shrill and Ramy. Hulu’s scripted slate also includes the Veronica Mars revival, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Catch-22, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Act, Runaways, Castle Rock and Little Fires Everywhere, among others.
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