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HBO Max Books ‘Love Life’ as First Original Series Renewal

Torrey Hart

HBO Max has renewed its first original show just over two weeks after its debut, the streaming platform announced Thursday.

The service is picking up scripted romantic comedy “Love Life,” which stars Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”) as 20-something-year-old Darby, for a second season. The anthology show chronicles Darby’s love and work life, as well as those of the people around her.

“Love Life,” which comes from creator Sam Boyd (“In a Relationship”), was quickly praised by viewers and critics alike and is one of HBO Max’s top performers out of all available content.

“It’s so rewarding to see ‘Love Life’ embraced as an immediate hit. We are proud to pick up a second season of our first Max scripted original comedy,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, said. “We salute Anna, our creative team and partners at Lionsgate, and are delighted audiences have gravitated to ‘Love Life’ in such a significant way. As a day one original, it is gratifying to see the strong response.”

Season two will feature mostly new characters – still set in New York City – with occasional cameos from Kendrick. The plot “explores what happens when you’ve lived your whole life knowing who your soulmate is, only to find out years into a marriage that it’s not the right fit at all,” the company said.

“It’s been a labor of love working with everyone on ‘Love Life’ and all who helped shaped Darby and brought her story to life. I am excited to be able to collaborate again with the team on a new character and their journey,” Kendrick, who also has an executive producer credit, said.

HBO Max’s additional originals released at launch included documentaries “On the Record” and “Expecting Amy,” docuseries “The House of Ho” and a handful of reality programming.

‘Love Life’ Trailer