‘Women of the Movement’: Will There Be a Season 2 After the Emmett Till Story Closes? (Exclusive)

After watching ABC‘s heartbreaking Women of the Movement, many viewers want to know if the limited series, produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith, might have a season 2. The six-part series tells the story of Emmett Till (portrayed by Cedric Joe) and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley (Adrienne Warren). After white men brutally lynch the 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago, the mother fights for justice for her son. The historical drama recounts the spawn of the civil rights movement, propelled by one mother’s love for her son.

'Women of the Movement' Season 1 Adrienne Warren stands in a court room as Mamie Till-Mobley
‘Women of the Movement’: Adrienne Warren | ABC/James Van Evers

Glynn Turman wants to see Rosa Parks in the next ‘Women of the Movement’

In an exclusive interview with Women of the Movement cast member Glynn Turman, Showbiz Cheat Sheet asked the man who portrays Emmett’s great Uncle Mose whether a season 2 is in the works. 

“Yeah, oh for sure,” Turman responded. “I thought this was the beginning of a series of different stories that speak of the courageousness of women. You know, probably Black women in particular.”

When asked who might be next in line for inspirational stories about the civil rights movement, Turman suggested Rosa Parks. He also gave a resounding “Heck, yeah,” when asked if he would like to be cast in Women of the Movement Season 2.

Actor Glynn Turman in 'Women of the Movement'
Glynn Turman | Bobby Quillard/ Bobby Quillard Inc.

‘Women of the Movement’ began as an anthology series

According to DeadlineWomen of the Movement began at ABC as an anthology series produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Aaron Kaplan. The description of the series in April 2020 was “an anthology series that chronicles the civil rights movement as told by the women behind it.” At that time, a virtual writers’ room opened to work on the project. 

However, when ABC finally gave the green light on the project on Aug. 28, 2020, it became a “limited series.”

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“Today marks 65 years since the tragic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. This limited series will shine a light on the determined pursuit of justice by Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley,” ABC president Karey Burke told Deadline. “Their story involves inconceivable heartbreak and brutality but also the enduring love of a mother and her son, galvanizing a movement that carved the path for today’s racial justice movement. We are honored to be bringing their story to ABC backed by an all-star producing team.”

The outlet reported in August 2020 that the project was still envisioned as anthology series that chronicles the civil rights movement focusing on the women behind it.

Will there be a ‘Women of the Movement’ Season 2?

Although ABC did not renew Women of the Movement Season 2 yet, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The producers envision it as an anthology series, and there’s a lot more to tell about the civil rights movement. As with any other network television series, ABC will look at the ratings to help determine the fate of the limited series. Viewers who want to see the Women of the Movement continue should share the series with friends and family.

Women of the Movement airs on ABC on Jan. 6, Jan. 13, and Jan. 20, with two episodes each week. The 6-episode historical limited series is also available the next day on Hulu. ABC News also added a companion series to the historical drama, which immediately follows it; Let the World See.

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