Special Season 2: Netflix release date, cast, trailer and cancellation
After landing four short Emmy nominations, it’s no surprise that Netflix Comedy Special has been renewed for a second season.
Ryan O’Connell’s semi-autobiographical show tells the story of Ryan Hayes, a young gay man with cerebral palsy.
In the first season, he decided to rewrite his identity by presenting himself as a casualty, so that he could pursue the life he really wanted; now, in season two, things are a little different as our main characters “come into their power and realize that they all deserve great, beautiful lives.”
Season 2 Special Release Date: When Is Coming To Netflix?
CONFIRMED: Season Two Special will be released on Netflix on May 20, 2021.
The show debuted in April 2019 and was returned to service for a second season in December 2019. The scripts were completed in mid-January 2020 and filming is now complete.
Has the special been canceled?
Sadly, this season of Special will also be the last – as Netflix has decided not to renew the drama after the second season.
“People will be surprised that Special ends, but that’s just the tip!” O’Connell told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2021. “I’m not done telling stories about disability. I haven’t finished telling weird stories. This is really just the start of a new chapter, so hang in there, baby, I’m coming!
Season 2 Special Cast: Who’s Playing It?
Ryan O’Connell will of course return as semi-autobiographical alter ego Ryan Hayes, with co-stars Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel also reprising their roles as mother to Ryan Karen and friend Kim respectively.
Series regulars Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew, and Patrick Fabian are also returning for season two.
Max Jenkins, who previously starred in the Netflix drama Dead to Me, joins the cast as Tanner.
Is there a special season 2 trailer?
Take a look at the trailer for the second season of the Netflix drama.
Season 2 Special Plot: What Is It About?
* Warning: spoilers for the first season *
The first season saw a rather happy ending for Ryan as he left the house, revealed to his colleagues that he suffered from cerebral palsy, and finally began to live his life on his own terms. However, tensions reached an all-time high with his overprotective mother Karen, causing Ryan to quit his birthday meal after a bitter argument – so season two will hopefully see the two working to mend their relationship.
“Ryan really needs to pull himself together,” Netflix says in the official season two synopsis. “It’s been two months and he still hasn’t spoken to Karen since their fight and he has a horrendous writer’s blockage case that puts him in hot water with Olivia. Enter Tanner, a fun and flirty dance instructor who charms Ryan although he’s not fully available.
“When his writer’s block finally clears, he is inspired to write a long article on disability. From there, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that creates unexpected complications in his relationship with Tanner. Meanwhile, Kim lets her guard down when she meets Harrison, a sensitive tech mogul with a humble past – but her insecurities and jealous tendencies continue to hamper her personal life and threaten to push Harrison away. With her credit card debt spiraling into the bottom of Kim even further, she makes a difficult choice to regain control of her finances and her personal life.
And it looks like a lot has changed for Karen since the events of the Season 1 finale.
Since taking care of Ryan was her life goal until their fight, Karen realizes that she has to take an active approach to creating a fulfilling life for herself – beyond just taking care of her mother. sick, ”Netflix tells us. “Will she just keep cleaning up everyone’s mess, or can Karen build on her newfound independence and create a life centered on her own desires for once?”
“This season is about our main characters – Ryan, Karen and Kim – coming to power and realizing that they all deserve a great life – whether society is okay or not, damn it!”
How long do Special episodes last?
The first season ran at 15 minutes per episode. After the first season, O’Connell told THR he hoped for half-hour episodes in the future so he could go more in-depth with supporting characters like Kim, finding the 15-minute limitation. “frustrating”.
Netflix seems to have listened to it. The second season is eight episodes long and each episode is now between 26 and 34 minutes long.
Is Special based on a book?
Yes – Special is based on the 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell, who is also the creator, writer and star of the Netflix show.
How to watch Special online
Special Season One is available to watch on Netflix now, and Season Two will be available on Netflix in the UK and worldwide.
You can order I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves on Amazon. Season 2 special arrives on Netflix on May 20. In the meantime, check out our guides to the best series on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or visit our Drama hub for more coverage and find something to watch tonight with our TV Guide.