‘PEN15’, the unconventional teen-comedy series featuring 30-something actresses Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, playing 13-year-old versions of themselves opposite actual 13-year-olds, returned with its second season last year. But, after it was announced that ‘PEN15’ Season 2 will be split in half, with the first half of its 14-episode season premiering in September 2020, fans are now eagerly waiting for the remaining episodes to premiere.
Hulu first ordered the renewal of the R-rated comedy ‘PEN15’, co-created by Konkle, Erskine, and Sam Zvibleman, in May 2020. While the first season tapped into the more fun side of being a teenager, the second season explored the relationship between the two best friends as they stride through tough times and navigate through the bizarre societal hierarchies of junior high school.
- Anna and Maya in the show
- When is season 3 or the second part of season 2 coming?
- What can we expect from the second part of season 2 or season 3?
While the first part of the season dropped on Hulu in 2020, let’s find out when the second part of the series will release.
Anna and Maya in the show
For the uninitiated, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, best friends and creators, entered into a creative partnership in April 2018, when Hulu gave its approval to their co-creation ‘PEN15’.
Featuring Anna and Maya, as they play fictionalized versions of their 13-year-old selves, the twisted teen comedy series set in the 2000s explores the awkward transition of the girls from childhood and teendom.
Both the actresses have stressed on this time and again that ‘Pen15’ isn’t a true story, though it does take inspiration from the creators’ experiences when they were teenagers.
“We learned from season 1 that whenever there’s an honest story that feels scary to share, it’s probably going to resonate with people”
Konkle said about playing a teenager on the show.
Speaking about creating the second season amidst a global pandemic, Konkle said,
“It’s been hard having the creative process interrupted all the time. You have to restart your brain, and editing a scene is such a flow, I realize now. We didn’t get in the flow as much as we used to because we would just be finding the story, the arc of the scene, and then suddenly you’re signed out. It feels like you’re in the middle of writing something and someone just grabs your paper”.
When is season 3 or second part of season 2 coming?
‘PEN15′ Season 2, Part 1 consisted of a total of seven episodes. About the second part of season 2, “TV Line” said that the 14-episode season will be split into two parts, with the second batch of seven episodes to be held until sometime in 2021.
Speaking about the delay in releasing the remaining seven episodes, Konkle told “W Magazine” in September 2020:
“We’re almost done shooting, but Covid stopped us in the middle, so the next seven episodes … probably won’t be out for a year now.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak forced many shows to close up shop and resulted in production delays for others, it’s understandable that the remaining episodes of season 2 or the season 3 will take time.
If history repeats itself we might soon hear the news of renewal in a matter of months just like last year.
What can we expect from the second part of season 2 or season 3?
The Hulu original’s season 2 continued to test seventh-graders Maya and Anna’s friendship as they navigated through their teenage years. So far, the two girls have only grown closer throughout their experiences.
With that, the first half of season 2 also dug deeper into sexual experimentation and more complex issues like Anna’s parents’ divorce.
About the future of the show, the creators told “Entertainment Weekly” back in 2019 that they plan to keep Anna and Maya both in seventh grade, forever.
The second half of ‘PEN15’ Season 2 will contain more R-ratedness and mature storylines, the creators promised in the interview.
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