HBO Max’s hit comedy-drama series Hacks has been renewed for a second season. The show, which debuted on the streaming service earlier this May, stars Jean Smart as a Las Vegas comic who takes up a twenty-five-year-old protegee to make herself more appealing to younger audiences.
Ahead of Season 1’s finale episode tomorrow, HBO Max announced the series’ renewal for a second installment. Smart is quoted saying,
“I am absolutely thrilled we are picked up for a second season, and I told Hannah it’s ‘No more Miss Nice Guy; from now on it’s Bette and Joan! And guess who’s BETTE??!!’”Jean Smart
The series was developed by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and Jen Statsky and was met with critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes rated it 100% out of 33 reviews from critics while praising Smart’s portrayal of Deborah Vance.
“We knew immediately that Lucia, Paul and Jen brought us a winner. We couldn’t be happier about the tremendous response from our viewers and critics alike, and we salute the executive producers; Jean, Hannah and the rest of the brilliant cast; and our partners at Universal.”Sarah Aubrey (HBO Max’s head of original content)
Besides the Designing Women star, the show features Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels and Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Vance’s Chief Operating Officer. The recurring guest stars include Christopher McDonald, Johnny Sibilly, Kaitlin Olson, Mark Indelicato, Meg Stalter, Paul W. Downs, Poppy Liu, and Rose Abdoo.
In addition to being the show’s creators, Downs, Aniello and Statsky also serve as executive producers and showrunners of Hacks. The trio has expressed their excitement at returning for Season 2 and conveyed their thanks to audiences who were touched by their project.
Read their full statement below:
“We have been blown away by the positive reception to ‘Hacks’ — we owe this renewal to every single person who tuned into the show and then told a friend to watch. We are so grateful we get to continue and want to thank our partners at HBO Max and Universal Television for supporting the show so fiercely, and our wonderful cast and crew for delivering on every level. Many years ago, we set out to tell a deeply important story that needed to be told — that of a handsome, charming talent manager and his two demanding female clients. We’re so glad that story resonated with audiences, and we can’t wait to get to work on season two. See you soon!”
Hacks is an American comedy-drama streaming television series created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky that premiered on May 13, 2021 on HBO Max.
It stars Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, and Carl Clemons-Hopkins. The series was renewed for a second season in June 2021.
The show follows Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedy diva looking to appeal to a younger audience. Vance’s agent sends Ava, an entitled 25-year old, to help freshen up the material, and Vance begins mentoring her.