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Letterkenny is one of Hulu's most highly-anticipated originals. On for eight seasons so far, I think a lot of fans have been champing at the bit for news about Season 9. However, there's been very little word about the new episodes outside of some minor filming news coming down the pipeline in recent weeks. However, Katy, Wayne, Dan, Daryl and the rest of the gang are finally coming back and before the end of the year as well. That's what it's all about (aboot/aboat?).
A new release from Hulu indicates we will be getting Season 9 of Letterkenny for the holidays this year. The new episodes will hit Hulu on Saturday, December 26. I am extremely hopeful that Wayne will take the opportunity to hand out a set of gifts, perhaps with the help of Bonnie McMurray again this year, but if not I'd also take an inappropriate Christmas joke or two from Gail. Whatever happens, it's still a nice gift from Hulu, particularly given it's coming at a time when the service is upping its prices.
Still, mostly I'm just happy the show is finally coming back. I know it hasn't been such a long time since there were new episodes of the series to plow through, but 2020 has been a particularly long year in general for most of us. One of the things that just so happened to be affected was the Letterkenny schedule.
The Hulu and Crave series was originally supposed to get off of the ground in August or September of 2020, at least in terms of filming. But allegedly that didn't happen. Last we heard --and this was from producer Mark Montefiore-- delays had occurred and the show had expected a 2021 premiere date. So even though Season 9 is going to swoop onto the TV schedule just in time for the end of the year, which seems late, it's still sooner than most of us expected. And the announcement came with puppies to boot.
Letterkenny is hardly the only series that has seen delays in 2020. From additional insurance and safety measures to ballooning budgets to accommodate the insurance and safety measures, there's been a lot to factor in. Even when shows have gone back into production, some of them have had to shut down again, as recently happened with Henry Cavill's The Witcher.
Yet, Letterkenny made it work. And while we don't see a ton in the trailer outside of fighting and a few character-specific moments, Hulu also delightfully shared a synopsis that indicates the Hockey players will "learn about Judaism," Tanis will start "her own energy drink" brand, and the whole gang (hicks, skids, hockey players) will attend an American Buck and Doe, which I didn't even know was a thing. In addition, we now know there will be seven new episodes this season and I can't wait to see how they play out. The good news? For once, we don't have too much longer to wait.