Special Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season2 Cast Crew Online
Creator: Ryan O’Connell
Stars: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel
The previously announced second season of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated shortform comedy will grow from 15-minute to half-hour episodes for what will be its final round of eight episodes when it returns May 20.
“People will be surprised that Special is ending but this is just the tip!” creator, star and showrunner Ryan O’Connell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not finished telling stories about disability. I’m not finished telling queer stories. This is really just a beginning of a new chapter, so hang tight, baby, I’m coming!”
The semiautobiographical series, which counts Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as an exec producer, earned four Emmy nominations in the shortform categories. The expanded episodes also afforded O’Connell the ability to open up a writers room for season two of the comedy about a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his own identity. O’Connell previously wrote and exec produced all eight episodes of season one.
O’Connell, who was vocal about wanting to expand to the more traditional half-hour running time, says the decision was made by Netflix to end Special with season two. The streamer traditionally measures its internal viewing metrics vs. the cost of doing additional seasons. (Netflix, like other streamers, does not disclose traditional viewership data.)
Special is based on O’Connell’s book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves and hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and the studio’s digital-focused Stage 13 banner. Parsons and his That’s Wonderful Productions partner (and husband) Todd Spiewak exec produce alongside the company’s Eric Norsoph. Anna Dokoza also exec produces the series, which is produced by Campfire. Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel co-star in Special and will return for season two, which to hear O’Connell tell it, will lean more into the latter’s character.
The decision to wrap Special with season two is not unprecedented. Netflix previously renewed low-budget comedy Trinkets for a second and final season. The streamer did the same in December for comedy Feel Good. Few of Netflix’s scripted originals make it beyond three or four seasons, as deals for dramas and comedies become more expensive with each passing year.
As for Special, season two will pick up two months after the freshman season took place with Ryan dealing with a case of writer’s block and still not speaking to his mother (Hecht). Season two will also follow Patel’s Kim, who regains control of her finances and personal life.