When Hulu debuted Shrill in March, it was unlike anything that had ever been on television. It centered on Annie (Aidy Bryant), a self-proclaimed fat woman who was on a mission to change her life, but not her body. For arguably one of the first times ever, we saw a female, plus-size protagonist not obsess over her weight. Rather, she was confident, secure, and had great style. It was other people who made her feel bad. As a plus-size person myself, this resonated with me—because it’s so true. I don’t spend 24 hours a day thinking about my body; the outside world is what reminds me of it on a regular basis. This perspective wasn’t really portrayed in pop-culture before Shrill, and it was refreshing to see. It certainly pushed the body positivity needle forward in a major way.
And there’s good news: Shrill is coming back for a second season. Hulu confirmed this news back in April, and now we have a first look. Check out some new photos from season two, below. You’ll see a few familiar faces: Annie (Bryant), her roommate, Fran (Lolly Adefope), and Annie’s boyfriend, Ryan (Luka Jones).
The new photos don’t offer much in terms in plot. That being said, Hulu has revealed a few details about what’s to come. Here’s everything we know about Shrill season two:
The premiere date. January 24, 2020 on Hulu.
The episode count. Eight—two more than season one.
The synopsis. Here’s how Hulu officially describes Shrill season two, per an email from the platform:
“Annie starts the season on a high. She has faced her demons head on—her mom, her boss and her troll—and she’s feeling pretty good. She also has her boyfriend Ryan by her side. But the high doesn’t last long. Annie realizes that quitting her job was a hasty move.
Things aren’t perfect with Annie’s mom either. She cleared the air, but the old problems are still there and there is way more to deal with.
When it comes to relationships, Annie thought she wanted Ryan’s commitment and love, but that may have been a hasty move as well. It’s nice to have someone, but is Ryan really the right match for her? She’s career-focused and ambitious and he’s… not. Meanwhile, Fran is dealing with a break-up and figuring out what she really wants out of her life, too.
This season Annie is no longer the doormat she once was, but it’s not as easy as she thought to get what she always imagined she wanted.”
The behind-the-scenes team. It’s the same as season one. Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks, and Aidy Bryant are all serving as executive producers again. Ali Rushfield is the show-runner and also a co-writer alongside Bryant.
Bryant told Glamour back in March that being this hands-on with her projects is how she likes to work. “As much as I enjoy occasionally popping in and doing a part in a friend’s movie, I really like to write my own stuff,” she said. “I like to be in there with it and make aesthetic choices. To find my own tone. I’m realizing, ‘Oh, you’ve got to do it yourself if you want to have it a certain way.’ And I like that.”
We’ll update this post with more information about Shrill season two as it comes in.