It feels like for 2020, Netflix went all in on queer women. There was the 60+ year lesbian couple at the center of the documentary A Secret Love, there was the teen in Alice Wu's The Half of It, and even Sarah Paulson leading the new Ryan Murphy Ratched series. That doesn't count Hannah Gadsby's Nanette special, Renata Rose in Deaf U, and the upcoming film musical The Prom. And we're probably forgetting quite a few projects. Now, the streamer is announcing that Feel Good, the comedy drama co-written by, co-created by, and starring Mae Martin is headed back for a second season.
"I'm beyond excited to be able to return to the world of Feel Good and to see Mae and George's love story through to the dramatic conclusion we had always planned," Martin said in a release that revealed the second season would be the show's last. "I'm really deeply attached to this story and I'm so grateful to be getting back to work with the incredible team at Objective Fiction and our hilarious cast. Having spent most of 2020 speaking only to my kettle and my television as I watched the world burn on the internet, I'm euphoric to be around other human beings again."
The first season of the show, which is a semi-autobiographical drama, followed Martin playing the main role of Mae, who is both a comedian and recovering addict "whose addictive behaviors and intense romanticism dominating every single part of her life." Throughout the season, Mae comes across George, played by Charlotte Ritchie, who up until then had only been in opposite-sex relationships. The plot followed the two's "intoxicating romance" as Mae finds her way in comedy, through her sobriety, and works on her relationship with her parents. Lisa Kudrow played Mae's mother.
That first season scored the show Best Comedy Drama Series at the C21 2020 International Drama Awards and Best Comedy Series at the Edinburgh TV Awards. The second will continue to follow the complicated love story "as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present. It is slated to premiere in 2021.
"A lot of the time when we see addiction represented on tv, it's shown as this really dark, harrowing experience — which it can be — but a lot of us have had the experience of doing something compulsively despite it having negative consequences," Martin says in a new clip announcing the news. "I think it's important to show the mundanity of addiction and the universality of that experience."
Filming has already begun on season two — which will see actors Jordan Stephens, John Ross Bowie, Eve, and Elanor Matsuura join the cast — but that will not be the end of the creator's relationship with Netflix. The platform has also announced that they are developing another series with Martin and Objective Fiction. No details have been announced.