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Russian Doll is set to return for a sophomore season at Netflix. Much to the delight of fans—who, given season one's raves and high ratings, seem to be nearly everyone—Natasha Lyonne announced the news back in June of 2019. Here, what to expect for Russian Doll's second run.
Annie Murphy has joined the cast.
The Emmy-winning actress, best known for playing Alexis Rose in Schitt's Creek, has officially signed on to join the show's second season. Information about her part in Russian Doll is being kept under wraps, but she was recently spotted filming the show in New York. See some of the photos here:
Production has begun.
According to Deadline, filming had "recently" begun when the news about Murphy's casting broke in early March. No further details about the show's production timeline have been released.
After toying around with the plot, it seems they've returned to their original idea.
Russian Doll was conceived as a three-season series. "When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very conventional way," Headland had told the Hollywood Reporter of Lyonne's character, back in February 2019.
But after the first season came out, Lyonne revealed that they were toying with several other ways to continue the story. "I definitely have ideas ranging from the really kind of out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia," she told the Hollywood Reporter.
Later that year, the Hollywood Reporter asked her if she still planned to stick to the three-season arc. "In many ways, yes," Lyonne answered. "I see it quite concretely, and it will be interesting to see what evolves. The beauty of the power of the writers room is that Alan (Charlie Barnett) was a very different character in the original pitch and pilot. Month two of the room is where he really came alive. Before then, he had been a whole variety of other figures and now, looking back, imagining that show without Alan is almost impossible. Because of that experience, I know there has to be space left open for something beyond my limited imagination in this moment to know if that is still where the series begins, middles and ends. Maybe it's only two seasons. Maybe it's four seasons. Right now, it feels quite clearly that it is those three."
It comes on the heels of critical success for its first season.
Russian Doll earned a flurry of positive reviews when it debuted early in 2019, and come awards season, the nominations started rolling in. On top of recognition at the Gotham Awards and Television Critics Association Awards, the show was nominated for a whopping 13 Emmy Awards, and ended up taking home three. Most recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that Natasha Lyonne was up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) at the 2020 Golden Globes.
The creative team is back together.
As with Russian Doll's first eight episodes, co-creators Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland will work on its second season. Presumably, Amy Poehler will also return as an executive producer.
Somehow, it's going to be even weirder this time around.
"Same show, just weirder," Lyonne revealed at a conference, per the Hollywood Reporter. "The character is a coder, so it would be appropriate to have this be the time and place to say, yes. So very much yes, I would love to do [a second season]."
There's no release date yet.
It's unclear when season two will debut—but according to Variety, it will span eight episodes when it does.
Lyonne is very excited.
She celebrated the renewal with a Nadia-esque bathroom mirror video—watch and enjoy below.
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