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Good news, all your favourite shows are coming back very soon


by Sarah Finnan
24th Sep 2021

@derrygirlshitposts / Instagram

Good news, all your favourite shows are coming back very soon

Some of our favourite shows are forecast to make a comeback in the coming months – including ‘Derry Girls’, ‘Emily in Paris’ and a very intriguing ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel too.

Now that we’ve finally grieved the end of another summer, we’re ready to lean into autumn and all it entails. A season characterised by colourful leaves and great fashion, its one downfall is the long, dark evenings. Motivation to venture outside for a nighttime stroll has waned so we’ll be bundling ourselves up in front of the fire instead… and we’ll soon have new episodes of old favourites to binge on. 

Here are some of the classics that are set to return in the coming months. 

Derry Girls 

Ok, so I have both good and bad news on the Derry Girls front. The good news is that season three will begin filming very shortly; the bad news is that it will also be where the story ends. Sigh. 

Addressing the possibility of future episodes (beyond season three), creator Lisa McGee penned a lengthy letter to fans in which she said that “for now, this is it for us”. “We’re excited to start filming this series with our incredible cast and crew to hopefully take our loyal fans on one last adventure,” she continued. Describing the show as “a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me”, she finished by saying that it’s been her greatest honour to write it. “I will forever be proud of everything it’s achieved. I’d like to thank the people of Derry and Northern Ireland for getting behind us.”

Tara Lynne O’Neill, who plays Ma Mary, previously said that she has only four days between her show Rough Girls finishing up and the proposed season three start date… which by our calculations means that Derry Girls will begin filming on September 29th (give or take) with a release date hopefully not too long after. 

Tiger King

If you thought Joe Exotic being in jail would put a dampener on another season of Tiger King, then you were sadly mistaken. Dropping a short teaser for all the new true crime content soon to come to the platform, Netflix confirmed that Tiger King 2 is in the works and Mr Maldonado-Passage will feature.  

Joe’s nemesis, Carole Baskin, also had plenty to say on the matter, lashing out at both the upcoming sequel and the original series. Previously trying to clear the air with Baskin after the first season aired, she claims that she had no interest in being part of any further episodes, later adding that she told directors to “lose my number because that was not at all what we had agreed we were working on”. 

“I wouldn’t call Eric Good or Rebecca Chaiklin true documentarians”, she continued in a phone call with Variety yesterday afternoon. “I mean that was just a reality show dumpster fire.”

No premiere date has been announced just yet, though it will be sometime before the end of this year. 

Emily in Paris

The first official photos from the upcoming season were just released and we’re already swooning at the fashion –  the series’ costume designer, Patricia Field (of Sex and the City fame), rarely sets a foot wrong in fairness to her.  

Posting the previously unseen photos on her Instagram account just last night, actress Lily Collins said that she is “so excited” to be part of the project once again. “Can’t wait for you guys to see everything that’s coming”, she captioned the snaps. “You’re in for a real treat. Until then, bisous bisous!!”

Much of the same cast will feature in the second instalment of the show according to series creator Darren Star, along with a few new additions including British actor Lucien Laviscount, French actor Arnaud Binard and Tony-nominated playwright Jeremy O Harris. As for what to expect from Emily herself? “She’s going to be more of a part of the fabric of the world she’s living in”, Star explained to Oprah Daily. “She’ll be more of a resident in the city… she’ll have her feet on the ground a little more. She’s making a life there.”

Emily in Paris season two is expected to premiere on Netflix in late 2021. 

The Goop Lab 

Gwyneth Paltrow can be quite a divisive topic. You might say she’s the Marmite of the celeb world; people either love her or loathe her. There’s rarely an in-between grey area on the GP spectrum. The same can be said for any of her business ventures – Goop or her docuseries The Goop Lab, for example. 

There may be more of a demand for Gwyneth content than realised though as Netflix recently confirmed that there’s a second season soon to come. Based on the actress’ lifestyle and wellness empire, the show has been greenlit for another round of six, 30-minute episodes as per an article that appeared in Variety last September. 

Due to premiere on Netflix next month on October 21, the new season is all about sex and relationships. “You can expect an exploration of boundary-pushing sexual-wellness topics – and be guided through it all free of judgement”, according to a short promotional post on the Goop website

House of the Dragon 

A prequel to the hugely popular original Game of Thrones series, House of the Dragon tells the story of House Targaryen at the height of its power. Already in production, cast and crew were recently spotted in Castleton, Derbyshire as they continued filming for the show. 

Set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the 10-episode series is inspired by one of George R R Martin’s original books, Fire and Blood. First confirmed back in December 2020, the series boasts quite an all-star cast and will see the likes of Dr Who star Matt Smith (now sporting bleach blonde hair), Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke all help bring the story to life. 

Producer Ryan Condal has kept it fairly quiet on the details so far, admitting that while there is “obviously tons of stuff that [he] could say”, most of it “would get [him] shot or fired”. He did say that he realises he has quite the task ahead of him though. “I realise the shoulders that I’m standing on here in making this show, I realise the footsteps that I’m walking in – they’re very deep, they’re very intimidating. But I come to the show as not only a huge fan of the original series, but also a fan of the books.”

No official release date has been confirmed, though it’s believed House of the Dragon will come to HBO in 2022. 

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