HBO’s Generation Z drama 'Euphoria' quickly renewed for season 2
HBO’s “Euphoria” is a lot of things: it’s intense, it’s hyper-real and it’s brilliant. We can now add “renewed” to that list, as it was just announced that the hit drama has been renewed for a second season.
“Euphoria” gives a hauntingly intense spin on the coming-of-age drama, exploring the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with candor and empathy. The series follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett, played by Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.
The drama showcases an amazing ensemble cast, portraying a group of high school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.
“Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya. We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
The reviews are indeed as intense as the show. Hollywood Reporter hails “Euphoria” as “boundary-pushing, real and exceptionally realized,” while Variety praises the series as having an “undeniable pull that makes it too intriguing to ignore.” TV Guide calls it “lusciously shot,” and getting “more and more jaw-dropping and gorgeous as it goes on.” Indiewire notes “Zendaya is exceptional at every turn,” and Rolling Stone praises the direction as “visually striking throughout, full of moments lit to look both menacing and intoxicating.”
“Euphoria” is in the midst of its first season, with new episodes debuting Sunday nights. The series is created and written by Sam Levinson (HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”), who also directs five episodes of the first season.
New episodes of “Euphoria” can be seen on HBO Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.