Incoming transmission: “This message is being delivered to you on behalf of the Order of X … To clarify the false information that’s being disseminated around the world today: ‘Dear White People’ will be returning to Netflix for season three. We’ll meet you there.” That message was delivered by actor Giancarlo Esposito, who has narrated the series since the beginning but stepped out of the shadows in the season-two finale. Watch the renewal announcement above.
“Dear White People” is a satirical comedy series created by Justin Simien and based on Simien’s 2014 independent film of the same name. It explores racial tensions on a fictional Ivy League campus, mostly through the eyes of the black students matriculating there. Season two dealt with racist online trolls, protests against right-wing speakers, and the Order of X, a secret society of elite black students that activist Sam White (Logan Browning) and journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton) discovered in the season finale. It looks like we’ll learn more about the Order in season three — or “Volume 3,” as the series identifies it.
The show has earned acclaim from critics, scoring 85 on MetaCritic for its first season and then 89 for its second season. But it hasn’t earned Emmy nominations yet, so the announcement of its renewal couldn’t have come too soon. Voting is underway now for the 2018 noms: it started on Monday, June 11 and wraps up on Monday, June 25, so there are still a few days for the Order of X to exert its influence on the television academy. The nominations will then be announced on July 12.
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