Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ Renewed for a Third Season

Aidy Bryant is best known for being a cast member of Saturday Night Live – a role she has been doing since 2012. In addition to her comedic work on the show, she is also making a name for herself as a leading lady. She has been starring in the Hulu series she co-created, Shrill, since last year.

Shrill has been a big hit with fans for its message on beauty and self-love. Fortunately for devoted viewers, the show will be coming back with a third season. Here’s what we know about season 3 of Shrill.

What is Shrill about?

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Shrill premiered on Hulu in March 2019. It is based on the novel Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and was co-created and co-produced by Bryant herself.

According to Hulu’s description, the show features Bryant as Annie, an overweight woman in Portland, Oregon, “who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss.”

For Bryant and the other creators of the series, it was important to tell a story about a plus-size woman with the focus being on her own self-development as opposed to her weight. Bryant said: “Our show really isn’t about being fat. And it’s also really not about dieting, and it’s really not about her body. It’s about her trying to achieve her goals.”

Aside from having a plus-size actress as the main star – which is something that is not seen often in Hollywood – Shrill has also been praised for its message on things like inclusivity, feminism, and abortion.

What happened in season 2 of Shrill?

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Season 2 of Shrill was released in January 2020. It mainly follows Annie as she tries to take control of her life in many different ways, such as working as a freelance writer, developing her relationship with her boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones), and repairing things from a fallout with her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope).

Compared to her season 1 self, Annie is now more confident in herself as she realizes that she does not have to put up with being mistreated by other people. However, she also struggles to figure out the right way to be a confident woman without letting rash decisions ruin her life.

Fans will also notice that Annie’s weight is no longer in the foreground in season 2. As showrunner Ali Rushfield explained: “Fat is part of her story and part of how she walks through the world and part of her history, but we purposefully didn’t want to make every single story and every single episode have that as the headline because it’s just not true in people’s lives.”

What is in store in season 3 of Shrill?

Variety reported in late March that Shrill had been renewed for a third season by Hulu. The streaming service reportedly ordered eight episodes. However, it is still unclear when exactly season 3 will roll out.

Earlier this year, Bryant shared that she would love to do a third season of Shrill and that she and the rest of the team “have so many ideas” for how Annie’s story could develop. For example, while Bryant seems excited for Annie to overcome her insecurities, she can think of ways for them to “rear their ugly head” at unexpected times.

“I would love to go a little deeper on some of the daily indignities of living with a body that sometimes betrays you or that other people have feelings about, and having to suffer those,” Bryant said. “I just feel like there’s so much more to be said and to be done with it.”