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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ renewed for season 2

The series premiere shattered records for Hulu.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on May 3, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 3:43 pm CDT

Hulu‘s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a second season, after a record-breaking week.

On Wednesday at Hulu’s upfront presentation, it was announced that the series, which was adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, would see a second season in 2018. The premiere was Hulu’s most-watched series premiere ever. Hulu Head of Content Craig Erwich said that in terms of future original programming, The Handmaid’s Tale is “exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers.”

Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, and Joseph Fiennes star in the series about a totalitarian future where women have been stripped of rights and forced to bear children after a devastating war. Many parallels have been drawn to its timeliness, and last night at a Planned Parenthood event Hillary Clinton echoed this sentiment. “I’m not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner,” she said. “But this show has prompted important conversations about women’s rights and autonomy.”

Episode 4, “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum,” debuts on Hulu today.

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*First Published: May 3, 2017, 11:05 am CDT