A series that premiered last month has just picked up an order for a second season. The series is HBO’s “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” a documentary series hosted by the comedian, actor and Emmy-winning writer who was previously a corrsepondent for “The Daily Show.”
Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO Programming, announced the renewal today.
“We’re so thrilled to have such a relevant, thought-provoking and sharply funny show on the network,” said Rosenstein. “We’re all looking forward to seeing what problem areas Wyatt and his team decide to tackle next season.”
The show has been examining a wide range of social and cultural issues, from the trivial to the impactful. Among the topics have been moving millennials into battleships, NRA propaganda at the movies, banking deserts, student loans and powering the world with human waste.
“The first season also tackles the complex issue of policing in America, touching on such concerns as: mental health, police accountability, sexual assault and training standards,” HBO notes in today’s announcement. “Each episode features a documentary-style field report, with Cenac canvassing the country, from suburban Minneapolis and downtown Cincinnati to rural Oklahoma and Skid Row in Los Angeles, as he investigates systemic issues from his unique perspective and appeals for change.”
The show’s executive producers are Wyatt Cenac, Ezra Edelman, John Oliver, Tim Greenberg, David Martin, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Hallie Haglund, who is also head writer. Diane Fitzgerald is co-executive producer on the show, produced for HBO by Avalon Television.