We interrupt the regularly scheduled apocalypse to bring you one single crumb of good news: Shrill, the Portland set-and-shot dramedy loosely adapted from Lindy West's memoir, has been renewed for a third season at Hulu (or, as I like to call it, the Portrait of a Lady on Fire delivery service).
Variety reported this morning that the streaming network will produce eight more episodes of the beloved Aidy Bryant vehicle, maintaining season two's standard length after a truncated six-episode first season.
To catch you up: season one roughly traced the shape of West's memoir, following Annie (Bryant, playing a West surrogate) through a budding relationship and sputtering journalism career. Much of the season dealt with Annie's weight, which gave way to some provocative material about the fuzzy lines between selfishness and self-acceptance.
Season two expanded the scope, fleshing out the stellar supporting cast (John Cameron Mitchell, Patti Harrison, Lolly Adefope, and Julia Sweeney, to name a few) and watching Annie slowly end her first adult relationship. It was a warm, scrappy bundle of episodes whose growing pains were visible and endearing—it often felt like an assembly-line twentysomething sitcom discovering its unique strengths in real time.
Whatever season three brings (there's not even a premiere date yet!) we're on board. If you're caught up on episodes and looking for some Shrill reads in the meantime, check out our pre-premiere feature from March of last year, the show's appearance in our best culture of 2019 roundup, and our interview with Portland native (and Elizabeth Banks-spouse) Max Handelman, who produces the series.