Russian Doll To Return For Second Season At Netflix

Posted by at 11:03 am on June 12, 2019

Russian Doll, the dark comedy from star Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland is getting a second season at Netflix. Following the format of season one, Russian Doll will return with eight episodes. A release date has yet to be announced.

The second season renewal was revealed by Lyonne and Netflix VP of Originals Cindy Holland during their joint appearance Tuesday at Recode’s Code Conference in Arizona.

“Same show, just weirder,” said Lyonne. “The character is a coder, so it would be appropriate to have this be the time and place to say, yes. So very much yes, I would love to do [a second season].”

Lyonne, who co-created the critical darling and led an all-female writing and directing team for the first season, starred in every episode as Nadia Vulvokov, a coder who is forced to relive her 36th birthday on a nightmarish loop when she keeps dying and coming back to life.

The show, which Lyonne initially described as an experimental adventure, is inspired by the Orange Is the New Black star’s autobiography. Those truths were then “wrapped in a mind-bending concept” that reveals itself as the episodes barrel along and Nadia goes deeper into her twisty journey of self-discovery.

The first season of Russian Doll starred Charlie Barnett in a key role, Greta Lee, Rebecca Henderson, Elizabeth Ashley, Brendan Sexton III, Jeremy Bobb and Yul Vazquez, as well as guest players Dascha Polanco and Chloe Sevigny, Lyonne’s OITNB co-star and close friend, respectively.

News of a second season of Russian Doll also comes as Lyonne is preparing to end her seven-season run on Jenji Kohan’s acclaimed prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black, which will release its final season on July 26.

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