Freeform’s breakout hit Cruel Summer is being fully overhauled for season two.
The sequence, which started manufacturing as we speak on season two, will function a completely completely different storyline for its upcoming sophomore season that comes full with a brand new forged and showrunner.
Sadie Stanley (The Goldbergs), newcomer Eloise Payet, Griffin Gluck (Locke & Key), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Lisa Yamada (All American), Sean Blakemore (Greenleaf) and Paul Adelstein (True Story) will star in season two. The latter, who reunites together with his former Private Practice spouse and son in Strickland and Gluck, is ready for a recurring function.
Elle Triedman (Freeform’s Siren, Guilt) has been named showrunner for season two and replaces Tia Napolitano within the function. Napolitano, who boarded Cruel Summer after the pilot when creator Bert V. Royal departed after a inventive flap with a Freeform exec, stays credited as an exec producer and can as an alternative deal with her household. “After getting season two of Cruel Summer up and running, Tia Napolitano has stepped back from the show, and as such, will no longer be serving as showrunner,” a rep for the present tells THR. “Tia has been instrumental in the success of the show and will remain an executive producer.”
Sources say season one stars Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee and Brooklyn Sudano knew once they signed on that there was a chance that Cruel Summer may go the anthology route in season two. The forged was knowledgeable of the choice to reset the sequence with a brand new story as quickly as a proper resolution was made a while after the season one finale.
Cruel Summer, whose first season befell over three summers within the ’90s and explored a shift in dynamics of recognition, marked the primary scripted sequence to debut below Tara Duncan’s regime at Freeform. She changed Ascheim as president of Freeform in 2020. The sequence ranks as Freeform’s most-watched scripted unique sequence in historical past and in addition performs properly on Hulu, the place the entire fundamental cable community’s programming is out there to stream the following day.
Set in an idyllic waterfront city within the Pacific Northwest, season two of the anthology follows the rise and fall of an intense teenage friendship. Approaching the story from three completely different timelines surrounding Y2K, the season twists and turns because it tracks the early friendship between Megan, Isabella and Megan’s finest pal Luke, the love triangle that blossomed, and the thriller that might affect all of their lives going ahead. Season two returns at a date to be decided this 12 months.
Entertainment One is the studio on Cruel Summer. Royal created the sequence and walked away from it after the pilot (turning his again additionally on back-end revenue participation). Triedman exec produces alongside Bill Purple, Napolitano and Biel’s Iron Ocean Productions’ Michelle Purple.
Here are extra particulars on the forged and their corresponding roles:
Sadie Stanley stars as Megan Landry, a pc coder and honor scholar from a blue-collar household. Once Megan meets Isabella, she begins to stay within the second and embrace her true self. When occasions take a tragic flip, her lengthy held desires are dashed and she or he is left questioning who she will belief. Stanley (Dead to Me) is repped by Gersh and Goodman Genow.
Payet portrays the alluring and enigmatic Isabella, the daughter of international diplomats, who’s spending a 12 months as an alternate scholar with the Landry household. She rapidly shakes up life on this small city, however her appeal can’t disguise the reality about her previous, or the actual motive she got here to stay with the Landrys, endlessly. She’s repped by Innovative Artists, Brave Artists Management and BMEG.
Gluck performs Luke Chambers, Megan’s lifelong finest pal from a outstanding household. Over time Luke finds himself at a crossroads as he tries to determine his personal place on this planet separate from the expectations of his highly effective father, Steve (Adelstein). Gluck is with Paradigm and Hansen Jacobson.
Strickland (Shut Eye) performs Debbie, Megan’s hardworking single mother who thinks internet hosting Isabella will open Megan’s eyes to a much bigger world than their small city. She’s repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Meyer & Downs.
Yamada is ready as Parker, a preferred musician who turns into extra cynical because the world takes a darkish flip round her. She is with the Park Noack Agency.
Blakemore (General Hospital) will play Sheriff Myer, an old style law-and-order sort, below strain to unravel the primary main crime in Chatham. He’s with SDB Partners.
Showrunner Triedman counts Power Book IV: Force, The Shannara Chronicles, Finding Carter and Devious Maids amongst her credit. She’s with Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Yorn Levine.