The good news: Amazon has given the go-ahead to a second season of its series “Fleabag.”
The bad news: The show from creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t expected to return to Amazon (or the BBC, where it airs in the U.K.) until 2019.
That’s in part because Waller-Bridge is currently filming the “Star Wars” Han Solo film, which understandably doesn’t leave time to film “Fleabag.” The upshot is that it will be two-plus years between seasons; the first aired on BBC Three beginning July 2016 and streamed on Amazon starting in September of that year.
“The first season of ‘Fleabag’ introduced audiences to the brilliant and rebellious voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge,” Amazon Studios’ Joe Lewis says in a statement. “She’s one of the best and most dynamic showrunners in TV today, and we’re so excited to bring a new season of the smart and hilarious ‘Fleabag’ to customers soon.”
Adds Waller-Bridge, “I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since. Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I’m beyond thrilled to be coming back.”
“Fleabag” made a number of best-of lists for 2016. Like other streaming services, Amazon doesn’t release viewing figures for its shows.
“Fleabag” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.