Netflix‘s sparkling conveyor belt of hit TV shows produced yet another gem back in February with the arrival of the whipsmart black comedy Russian Doll. Co-created by Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland and its star Natasha Lyonne, the very, very clever series follows Nadia Vulvokov as she discovers she is trapped in a Groundhog Day-style time loop where she has to relive her 36th birthday over and over again – no matter how many times she dies, she always respawns back at the party.
The first season of Russian Doll currently holds a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and, to absolutely no-one’s surprise, it’s now been confirmed that the show is coming back for a second season. Here’s everything we know so far about season two of Russian Doll.
Is there going to be a second season of Russian Doll on Netflix?
You probably know the answer to this one already – Netflix confirmed on June 11 that season two has been commissioned; news that the show’s Twitter account naturally revelled in.
— Russian Doll (@RussianDoll) June 11, 2019
We’ve also been told that season two will consist of eight episodes – just like the first season – and, much like other Netflix shows, all eight episodes are expected to land on the streaming service at the same time when the show eventually does return. Speaking of which…
When is Russian Doll season 2 going to be released?
We’re not too sure just yet, soz. The season two-confirming announcement simply said that new episodes of the show will be “coming soon”.
While we’re in speculating mode, it’s worth noting that season one of Russian Doll premiered on February 1 – the day before Groundhog Dog is observed in North America. Might we therefore see season two premiering on February 1, 2020?
Are they any trailers or teasers for season 2 yet?
At this stage, nothing more than the above Twitter video (confirming season two) has been officially released – but we’ll let you know as soon as the first trailer drops.
Which members of the cast are returning for season 2?
Natasha Lyonne is surely going to return as coder Nadia Vulvokov in the new season. She celebrated the news about season two on June 11 with a pair of suitably wacky Twitter videos (both featuring Harry Nilsson’s ‘Gotta Get Up’, of course), which you can see below.
— natasha lyonne (@nlyonne) June 11, 2019
— Russian Doll (@RussianDoll) June 11, 2019
Co-creator Headland hinted to The Hollywood Reporter back in February that Nadia may not, however, be the central character in future seasons of the show. “When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very conventional way, if that makes sense. She was always a presence, as we knew Lyonne would always be the beating heart and soul of this show. Whether she was being haunted or she was haunting the narrative, she would be there.”
There hasn’t been any word yet on which castmembers will be returning for season two. The first season starred the likes of Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Yul Vazquez and Charlie Barnett, who plays the all-important Alan.
Chloë Sevigny, Dascha Polanco, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Bobb, Brendan Sexton III, Ritesh Rajan, and Jocelyn Bioh were among those to appear in guest-starring roles in the first season.
Any ideas about the plot?
Details are few and far between at the moment plot-wise, but Lyonne promised at Recode’s 2019 Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona that season two would be the “same show, just weirder”.
Russian Doll was initially pitched as a three-season show and, given how well season one went down, it’s looking very likely that Netflix will honour that commitment in the future. “We definitely pitched it as this three-season idea and yet it’s so interesting to think about how that shapes and morphs in the time since making it,” Lyonne told The Hollywood Reporter in February. “Who knows if we’ll be lucky enough to go back down the rabbit hole. That’s tomorrow’s question. But I think we have some ideas.
“I definitely have ideas that range from the really out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia,” she continued. “And maybe it’s all one idea. Certainly, what we pitched and the heart and soul of Russian Doll, I’d love to continue to get to work in that way. It’s very satisfying and kind of wild.
“I guess this is what they mean by Peak TV, that the creators are getting to actually make the things that for some crazy reason, the buyers and viewers are actually interested in and that those two things are suddenly aligned. The idea that they would conceivably follow us on that course, should we jump off that cliff, it’s pretty fun to even consider the fantasy.”