Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder’s HBO Max residency has only just begun. The streamer just renewed “Hacks” for a second season. A press release announced that the well-received comedy has “been a top performer on the platform since its debut, consistently ranking in the top ten most viewed titles out of all available content.”
Created by “Broad City” collaborators Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky, and Lucia Aniello, “Hacks” explores the relationship between an iconic Las Vegas comedian (Smart) and the entitled 25-year-old comedy writer (Einbinder) she hires to punch up her jokes.
Season 1 of the series concludes today with the final two episodes.
“We knew immediately that Lucia, Paul, and Jen brought us a winner. We couldn’t be happier about the tremendous response from our viewers and critics alike, and we salute the executive producers; Jean, Hannah and the rest of the brilliant cast; and our partners at Universal,” said Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s Head of Original Content.
Aniello, Statsky, and Downs added, “We have been blown away by the positive reception to ‘Hacks’ — we owe this renewal to every single person who tuned into the show and then told a friend to watch. We are so grateful we get to continue, and want to thank our partners at HBO Max and Universal Television for supporting the show so fiercely, and our wonderful cast and crew for delivering on every level.” The showrunners and co-creators added, “We’re so glad that story resonated with audiences, and we can’t wait to get to work on Season Two. See you soon!”
“I am absolutely thrilled we are picked up for a second season and I told Hannah it’s ‘No more Miss Nice Guy; from now on it’s Bette and Joan! And guess who’s BETTE??!!’” Smart joked.
Smart recently played a supporting role in HBO’s Kate Winslet-starrer “Mare of Easttown.” The three-time Emmy winner received a nod last year for her portrayal of Agent Laurie Blake in “Watchmen.”
Einbinder was named Just For Laugh’s 2019 New Face of Comedy.