Critically acclaimed ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ renewed by Hulu for season two

Hulu announced Wednesday that it is renewing “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season. The first season of this adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s 1985 novel about a woman struggling to survive in the totalitarian theocracy that has replaced the American government scored a jaw-dropping 99 at MetaCritic.

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At the center of the story is Offred (Elisabeth Moss) one of the few fertile women remaining. We get glimpses of her past when she was in love and gave birth to a child. But she is then hunted down, separated from her family and forced into the sexual servitude of the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski).

The part is a plum one for Moss, who reaped six Emmy bids for her role as Peggy Olsen on “Mad Men.” She lost all of those, with five in lead (2009, 2011 – 2013, 2015) and one in supporting (2010). And in 2013, she also contended for her starring role in the limited series “Top of the Lake.”

Our Emmy experts, who are journalists that cover TV year-round, are predicting she will reap a Drama Actress nomination for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They have her in second place behind Claire Foy (“The Crown”).  And the show is currently ranked fifth in the competitive Drama Series race.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” was developed for television by Bruce Miller, whose previous credits include sci-fi/fantasy series “The 4400,” “Eureka” and “The 100.” Joining him as executive producers are Warren Littlefield (“Fargo”), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken (“Empire”).

Also appearing are Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, and O.T. Fagbenle.

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