Freeform’s thriller series Cruel Summer is keeping fans on the edge of their seats, but viewers want to know if there’s more to come. In June 2021, Freeform announced that there’s officially a second season on the way!
“Renewing ‘Cruel Summer’ for a season 2 was an easy decision,” Freeform President Tara Duncan said in a statement. “It’s the biggest series debut in Freeform’s history, and the audience response has been overwhelming. [Producers] Jessica [Biel], Michelle [Purple], and Tia [Napolitano] did a phenomenal job pushing the boundaries in terms of genre and storytelling, and it’s incredible to see how it’s hit the cultural zeitgeist in such a significant way. I’m excited to see where they take the series next.”
The show, which premiered in April 2021, stars Olivia Holt, Froy Gutierrez, Chiara Aurelia, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, Michael Landes, Brooklyn Sudano and more. “Taking place over three summers in the ‘90s when a popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America,” the synopsis of the premiere episode read prior to its release.
“It really shines a light on the complex part of being a teenager and trying to figure out who you are and the midst of a million things that are going on,” Olivia said of the series during the Television Critics Association panel in February 2021, per Deadline. Aside from the mystery aspect, Cruel Summer showcases every aspect of being a teenager, including both friend and boy drama.
Following its premiere episode, Deadline reported that Cruel Summer was the network’s biggest multi-platform premiere in its history. With the show’s continued success, there’s sure to be some pretty wild mysteries to come from the fictional Skylin, Texas.
“Something that really drew me in was the female representation of the two female leads to the female creatives behind this project,” Olivia said during an April 2021 interview with TV Guide. “I definitely think that we need more of that. I know that when I was a kid I didn’t really see a lot of that on screen. I’m very grateful to be a part of this.”
This time around, the show will have an all new cast of characters, announced in April 2022. Sadie Stanley, Lexi Underwood, Griffin Gluck, KaDee Strickland, Lisa Yamada, Sean Blakemore and Paul Adelstein were all revealed to be cast members for the show’s second season.
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