Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers, like the 2018 Liane Moriarty story in which this is based, has a distinct finale. That does not promise well for a forthcoming second season, but this does not shut it out totally. Big Little Lies, another HBO modern take on Moriarty’s book and starring Nicole Kidman, was reportedly resurrected although being marketed as a mini-series.
The first season of the series centres on a getaway at California’s mysterious Tranquillum House, where nine people assemble to overcome their various traumas with the help of Kidman’s enigmatic health expert Masha.
Melissa McCarthy (Frances), Manny Jacinto (Yao), Asher Keddie (Heather), Luke Evans (Lars), Melvin Gregg (Ben), Samara Weaving (Jessica), Grace Van Patten (Zoe), Tiffany Boone (Delilah), Michael Shannon (Napoleon), Regina Hall (Carmel), Zoe Terakes (Glory), and Bobby Cannavale are the cast members.
A second season with that kind of a strong cast might even be challenging to get, but director Jonathan Levine has indeed mentioned that they will go in the road of an anthology containing new cast members. “I hope people love it enough for Season 2 to be an option,” Levine reportedly said of the programme to BuzzFeed.
“I can definitely see where it might go in a second season. One thing I was thinking would be interesting is if you can somehow acquire another bunch of nine. One of them would be a prominent person acting as oneself. So I would like for folks to be motivated to seek more. Then there is the concern of whether we can influence [David E. Kelley], the series’ creator, and Nicole.”
What else is acting in Nine Perfect Strangers’ best interest? According to Deadline, amidst mixed reactions, it became the most-watched Hulu original on debut day and five days later.
Whatever the future has in store for the programme, Moriarty fans will get another program to look forward to Kidman’s Blossom Films is developing on an HBO version of Truly, Madly, Guilty, while partner Per Saari is developing an Australian show based on The Last Anniversary.