Hulu announced yesterday at their Upfront presentation that their dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale will be returning for a second season. The renewal indicates that the series will likely go beyond the events of the book it is based on because the current ten-episode season should cover most if not all of the story from the novel. Plus, series star Elizabeth Moss has indicated that her contract with the show goes for least five years (and up to seven), meaning that the series will certainly further explore the world of Gilead as well as the resistance. The renewal comes as no surprise seeing as the show has received almost unanimous praise and has trended well on the social networks since debuting last week. Hulu, like the other streaming services, does not share its viewership numbers, but The Handmaid’s Tale likely counts as a hit.
This series was developed by Bruce Miller and is based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name and takes place in a dystopian future where fertility rates have dropped and women are forced into a subservient state by the religious dictatorship that has taken over the United States. It stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel. The first three episodes were made available for streaming on April 26th with a new episode released each Wednesday.
Hulu also officially announced the pickup of the Marvel series Runaways, the pilot has been in the works, as well as The First which covers the first manned mission to Mars.
We are currently in Upfront season when the networks are preparing their schedules for the 2017-18 season and beyond, so expect plenty more announcements over the next month or so. And be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for updates and breaking news.