EXCLUSIVE: Hulu has quietly renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for Season 3, sources inform RenewCancelTV.
The renewal leak comes a week after the dystopian drama’s second season premiere, with showrunner Bruce Miller inking a multi-year deal with the streaming company and MGM.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.
Steve Stark, MGM president of television production and development, said:
“Bruce and I have worked together for many years and it is such a privilege for me and our team to be able to continue to work with him and Hulu. His leadership, skill and brilliant vision for The Handmaid’s Tale has helped the series to transcend political and cultural boundaries and we can’t wait to see what’s next.”
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 is slated to release in 2019.
Per sources, Hulu has not set The Handmaid’s Tale as the last in the series, leaving the door open for a potential fourth season in 2020.
UPDATED with Hulu press announcement, confirming our exclusive:
The Handmaid’s Tale Renewed for Season Three
Following its record-breaking season two premiere last week — which has already doubled its audience versus season one — Hulu has renewed the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season.
Since its premiere in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale has gone on to become the first series ever on a streaming video on-demand service to take both the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. The Handmaid’s Tale is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning drama series and has garnered more than 30 prestigious awards to date, including a 2018 Peabody Award.
Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale became the most-viewed series debut on Hulu ever in its first week and has drawn acclaim from both fans and critics since its series premiere. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, and Amanda Brugel, the series is created for television by Bruce Miller, who serves as the series’ showrunner. The Handmaid’s Tale is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken and Elisabeth Moss. Margaret Atwood serves as a co-executive producer for season three of the series.
Stay tuned as we now track the renew/cancel status of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4…