For “Barry,” the show must go on.
The HBO series, which is equal parts prestige drama and dark comedy, has been renewed for a third season. This news comes just a few days after the series aired the second episode of its second season.
“Barry” follows its titular character (Bill Hader), a cheap Midwestern hitman who moves to LA in pursuit of a target, where he unintentionally becomes embroiled in the local theater scene after taking an acting class. He ends up finding greater meaning in performance than in his usual dirty work, but his past is not so easily put to rest.
Hader co-stars alongside Henry Winkler, with Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, and Anthony Carrigan filling out the rest of the main cast. Hader co-created the show with former “Seinfeld” writer Alec Berg, and Aida Rodgers serves as its co-executive producer. At the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, both Hader and Winkler won for their respective roles on the series.
In terms of viewership, “Barry” has picked up a pair of 0.2 ratings in adults 18-49 for both weeks of its second season thus far. This was on par with how it performed in its first year, but with the premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones” airing before it in the coming weeks, those numbers are likely to get a significant boost.
With its renewal, “Barry” is ensured a place alongside HBO’s considerable comedy roster, alongside “Divorce,” “Ballers,” “High Maintenance,” “Los Espookys,” “The Righteous Gemstones,” and “Veep,” which is in its last season.