Hulu Is Bringing Back 2021 Nicole Kidman Show For Season 2 In Surprise Renewal Move

In a surprising move, Hulu has confirmed that the Nicole Kidman drama Nine Perfect Strangers will return for season 2. Adapted from the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name by Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley, Nine Perfect Strangers unfolded in Tranquillum House, a mysterious wellness retreat overseen by the charismatic founder Masha (Kidman). The characters, who were played by recognizable actors such as Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, and Regina Hall, arrived for a relaxing stay that ultimately proved to be the exact opposite of what they’d hoped for.

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After the Nine Perfect Strangers season 1 finale debuted in November 2021, Hulu has confirmed that the show will be back for season 2. Per TVLine, Kidman will be back as Masha and in her capacity as executive producer. Murray Bartlett, who recently played Armond in The White Lotus season 1 and Frank in HBO’s Last of Us adaptation, is in talks to join the cast. The second installment, which will reportedly unfold in the Swiss Alps, and follow a similar premise of revealing secrets about the characters, will also feature Maisie Richardson-Sellers (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Liv Ullmann (Two Lives), Aras Aydin (Cherry Season), and Triangle of Sadness breakout Dolly De Leon.



Nine Perfect Strangers Is Now An Anthology (& That’s Better)
Nicole Kidman sits by a desk in Nine Perfect Strangers

The characters of Nine Perfect Strangers mostly received a fitting ending at the conclusion of season 1. In interviews, director Jonathan Levine expressed an interest in bringing in nine different characters which now looks to be coming to fruition. For those who’ve followed Kidman’s run on the small screen over the past few years, they’ll know it’s not the actor’s first time starring in an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty. Kidman’s best TV role, arguably, was Celeste in Big Little Lies.

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Similarly to Nine Perfect Strangers, which was billed as a limited series, Big Little Lies season 2 was not guaranteed. But due to the positive response to the first installment, it was brought back with mixed results. Big Little Lies season 2 resulted in a general feeling that the project was a response to awards buzz and audience demand rather than an organic need stemming from the story or the characters themselves.

Even though there isn’t a second book for Nine Perfect Strangers season 2 to be adapted from, the anthology allows the story to start fresh. The show’s initial batch of episodes received mixed reviews, with critics finding that the story was weak at various points but helped by strong performances. Officially no longer a limited series, the Hulu dramatic thriller could be rejuvenated by the new faces and setting.

Source: TVLine

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