Netflix is the home of a seemingly endless variety of original series, but some major cancellations in recent weeks have many concerned about the fates of favorite shows. Luckily, fans of the freshman dramedy Dear White People no longer have to worry about the show getting the axe. It has officially been renewed by Netflix and will return for Season 2.
Production of the second season will begin later this year. No official dates have yet been released, but we do know that Season 2 will run for ten episodes, which will bring the total episode count up to 20. The renewal comes shortly after creator Justin Simin revealed what a hypothetical second season would be about. He stated that Season 2 would tackle the issue of mass misinformation in modern media and the differences between individual understandings of American history. All things considered, misinformation as it relates to race and status is a pretty timely topic to be covered by the next season.
As each episode of the first season focused on one character of the ensemble cast, everybody got a fair amount of attention throughout the season, although not entirely consistently from episode to episode. Justin Simien has also revealed three supporting characters who would be expanded upon in a Season 2. Fans can expect to see more out of Sam's best friend Joelle, Kenyan exchange student Rashid, and Ikumi. The fact that Season 2 will run for only ten episodes may mean that a few of the main characters from Season 1 won't get episodes of their own in the next batch of episodes, but we'll have to wait and see.
Dear White People is set on the campus of an Ivy League university with a student body that is predominantly white. Racial tensions build, and the stories follow students of color enrolled in Winchester University as they find themselves immersed in a world affected by social injustice, political correctness (or incorrectness), activism, and cultural bias. The first season used irony, humor, and often unflinching honesty to portray real-life issues, and it was clearly enough of a hit to motivate Netflix to renew the series for a second season.
I'm just glad Dear White People hasn't gone the way of The Get Down, Sense8, and Girlboss, all of which were surprisingly cancelled by Netflix. It seems that Dear White People has found a home on Netflix for the foreseeable future. We can only hope that we don't have to wait too long for Season 2 to debut.
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