‘Emily In Paris’ Set To Return — Will Season 2 Get Better Reviews?

Lily Collins’s latest role in the Netflix series Emily In Paris was celebrated by some, but detested by many. Regardless of what viewers thought, Emily In Paris is set to return for another season. Will season 2 be more well-received than season 1?

Emily in Paris Lily Collins as Emily
Emily in Paris Lily Collins as Emily | Stephanie Branchu/Netflix

‘Emily in Paris’ is confirmed for another season

Emily In Paris ended on a cliffhanger — Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) decided to remain in Paris instead of opening a restaurant in Normandy. This left Emily between a rock — her affection for Gabriel — and a hard place — her friendship with Camille (Camille Razat). 

On Nov. 11, Variety announced a second season of the Netflix series. In true Emily In Paris fashion, news of season 2 came in the form of a letter from Emily’s Parisian boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) to her American boss, Madeline (Kate Walsh). 

“Nous sommes désolées!” the Savoir letter starts, continuing: 

We are writing to regrettably inform you that Emily Cooper will need to remain in Paris for an extended period of time. Despite her overconfident manner and lack of prior experience in luxury goods marketing, she has nonetheless managed to charm some of our hard-to-impress clients during her short time at Savoir. Call it bonne chance, or American ingenuity – I’m leaning towards the former – her results are impressive.

We hope that by extending her time in Paris, Emily will further the relationships she has already made, delve deeper into our culture, and perhaps pick up a few words of basic French.

We will work in conjunction with you on applying for a work permit on her behalf to prolong her time here. We love having Emily in Paris! But please don’t let her know that.

Some viewers and critics hated ‘Emily In Paris’ Season 1

Emily In Paris follows Emily Cooper, a hungry marketing executive who drops everything to move to Paris and follow her career aspirations. While many viewers enjoyed Emily’s quirky accessories, bold outfit choices, and penchant for social media, some found her to be less than charming. 

Some Parisiennes found Emily’s fashion distasteful. Certain critics accused the series of being cliché and stereotypical. One review in particular said Emily In Paris was “based first and foremost on the most enormous prejudices that Americans have on the French… no cliché is spared.”

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Despite how some people felt about the series, Netflix announced that Emily In Paris was renewed for another season. 

‘Emily In Paris’ offers escapism at it’s finest 

If there’s one reason Netflix wanted to bring Emily In Paris back for another season, it is the escapism the show offers.

Season 1 of Emily In Paris was picked apart for Emily’s fashion choices, her disregard for Parisian culture, and the unlikeliness of any given situation happening in real life. But what many people neglect to consider is that Emily In Paris wasn’t meant to be factual or realistic — it was meant to help audiences escape for a bit. 

Debuting amidst a global pandemic, Emily In Paris gave audiences a taste of the vacations they couldn’t go on in 2020. And since we don’t know what 2021 is going to look like, season 2 could end up doing the same. 

Darren Star wants ‘Emily In Paris’ fans to understand one thing about the series 

Fans have Sex and the City creator Darren Star to thank for Emily In Paris. As he explained to Variety, “[Emily In Paris is] an American show, it’s not a French show.” As such, viewers shouldn’t expect it to be anything else. With the announcement of season 2, fans should keep Star’s sentiment in mind.

“It’s an American point of view and an American experience about being in Paris,” Star added. “I think it pokes fun at both cultures.” With that being said, many are hopeful Emily In Paris will appeal to more the second time around. 

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s unclear when the cast and crew will be able to safely start on Emily In Paris Season 2. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for updates.