On June 6 Netflix announced the renewal of its teen drama series “13 Reasons Why” for a third season less than three weeks after the premiere of its second season on May 18. The new season will consist of 13 episodes, just like the show’s first two seasons, and it will premiere in 2019. Are you excited for the show’s return?
Series creator Brian Yorkey will be back as showrunner. Before “13 Reasons” he was best known for his work in theater, where he wrote the book and lyrics for “Next to Normal” and “If/Then.” “Next to Normal” won him the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score, as well as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Yorkey will continue to executive produce the series with Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin and Selena Gomez. McCarthy is an Oscar winner for writing the original screenplay for “Spotlight” (2015). Gomez is best known as an actress and singer who starred in the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place” and has won an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award.
Though Netflix doesn’t reveal its viewership numbers, “13 Reasons Why” created a strong buzz with young audiences, but has courted controversy for both of its seasons. It began as the story of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who died by suicide and left behind a series of audio cassettes as her suicide note. Critics raised concerns about the show’s depiction of Hannah’s struggle actually increasing the risk of suicide in vulnerable viewers. Then season two tackled issues of sexual assault and gun violence.
Langford’s breakthrough performance earned her a 2018 Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Drama Actress, and she’s currently up for a 2018 MTV Movie and TV Award for Best Performance in a Show. But Langford, who appeared in flashbacks in season one and as a ghost in season two, has said that she won’t return to the series since Hannah’s story has finished.
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