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Hulu Renews Dramedy ‘The Great’ for Second Season

Fern Siegel

The snarky dramedy version of Catherine the Great’s saga, better known as “The Great” on Hulu, has been renewed for a second season.

Starring Elle Fanning as the smart, strategic wife of Peter III, an ill-informed dope (Nicholas Foult), it’s a lush production filled with political and sexual intrigue.

Historically, Catherine had a wild trajectory, skyrocketing from minor German princess to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. She was also one of the country’s most impressive rulers.

Season one began May 15 and had 10 episodes. Season two will also have 10 episodes.

Tony McNamara returns as executive producer, as does Fanning. McNamara earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for “The Favourite,” about England’s Queen Anne.

No date has been set for season two, but as Peter III would say: “Huzzah!”

Separately, Netflix has announced it’s renewing the comedy “The Kominsky Method” for a third and final season. It stars Michael Douglas as acting teacher Sandy Kominsky, and Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, his agent and close friend. The two have chemistry in the Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory) created show.

Netflix is also renewing Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s teen comedy “Never Have I Ever” for a second 10-episode season. The show revolves around the dreams and travails of Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian American teenage girl.

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