Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Will Be Back for Season 2
There’s a distinct rarity to acclaimed films that can re-brand as TV without losing step, and Netflix’s Dear White People may have set the bar. So much so, that Justin Simien’s controversial, but necessary college dramedy will have more stories to tell in Season 2.
Netflix confirmed that production will begin later this year on a new ten-episode season, most likely to debut in 2018. The first Dear White People season debuted in late April, with a synopsis that reads:
Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path. The satirical series – which picks up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.
Netflix’s Dear White People had Powers star Logan Browning taking over for Tessa Thompson as Samantha White, a biracial film major “at a crossroads of a political movement on her Ivy League campus” due to the titular radio show. Brandon P. Bell also reprised his film role as Troy Fairbanks, while additional cast includes Antoinette Robertson (Coco), DeRon Horton (Lionel), John Patrick Amedori (Gabe), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Joelle) and Marque Richardson (Reggie).
Yvette Lee Bowser will also return as showrunner, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev again executive-producing. In the meantime, all Season 1 episodes are available on Netflix.