Mike Kelley created the Netflix series to be an anthology. The 10 episodes of What/If Season 1 dropped May 24th, following loving young married couple Lisa (Jane Levy) and Sean (Blake Jenner) as they debated an indecent proposal from ruthless San Francisco venture capitalist Anne Montgomery (Renée Zellweger).
Mike Kelley said his intention is to bring those stars, and others from Season 1, back for What/If Season 2 -- if there is one -- which would have no connection to Season 1.
That would be fantastic, if he can pull it off the way Ryan Murphy has for nine seasons and counting of American Horror Story on FX.
When the show was first announced, it was posed as exploring the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season of What/If was planned to tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, following the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.
What/If's creator told TVLine his intention is for future seasons to take place in a universe where Season 1 never existed. So there would be no Anne Montgomery, Renée Zellweger’s character, in the world of Season 2.
Renee Zellweger recently explained that she was lured back to TV for the thrill of playing a character as "audacious and free" as Anne Montgomery. She told Refinery 29 she loved the pitch Mike Kelley gave her about the character as being an homage to The Graduate icon Mrs. Robinson and actress Anne Bancroft.
When asked about the possibility she'd return for Season 2, Renee Zellweger told Refinery 29 "Oh sure." She didn't have any screen icons ready when asked whom she'd like to channel next, simply saying this:
With Mrs. Robinson covered in What/If Season 1, there are any number of other characters to reference in Season 2 and beyond.
Netflix doesn't share much viewer data, so it's hard to know how popular What/If is to gauge the likelihood of Season 2. Netflix tends to be data-driven and its whole system seems to see most shows as too expensive after, say, Season 3. But hopefully this one continues at least for one more round.
Critics have called What/If glossy, crazy, addictive junk food, which sounds like the perfect summer binge to me. As we wait for news on Season 2, check out more exciting TV shows coming to Netflix in June 2019.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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