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HBO Series Gets Season Two Renewal

Dec 4, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A series that premiered last month on HBO has received a pickup from the pay-cable channel for season two. Variety reports that HBO, along with Italian broadcaster RAI, renewed the drama “My Brilliant Friend.”

“The eight-episode first season of the show is based on Elena Ferrante’s best-selling book of the same name, which is the first of her four-part series published in the U.S. by Europa Editions,” Variety notes. “Season 2 will be based on ‘The Story of a New Name,’ her second book in the series.”

Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, commented: “We’re thrilled that Elena Ferrante’s epic story has resonated so powerfully with viewers and critics, and we look forward to the continuing journey of Elena and Lila.”

Variety adds: “The series is the tale of Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — both her best friend and her worst enemy.”

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