HBO Max is planning another season of Julia.
The streamer has renewed the comedy series, inspired by the life and TV career of Julia Child, for a second season. The pickup comes a day before the end of the first season of the Lionsgate TV-produced show, which stars Sarah Lancashire and David Hyde Pierce.
“Julia Child tends to make people happy. In a dark world, she is a welcome balm. Doing this show did the same for us,” executive producers Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb said in a statement. “Working with our cast – with Sarah and David – our production team, writers, directors and editors, who have become our friends, makes us happy. In Julia’s language, it feeds our souls. The genuine love and care that HBO Max has shown for our show has been overwhelming. They allowed us to tell the simple story of a group of remarkable, eccentric, passionate people who live their lives to the fullest with joy. That we can keep them alive for another season makes us the happiest of all, and we are already working hard.
The show’s first season chronicles Child (Lancashire)’s first foray into television with The French cook, which would define the model for TV cooking shows. Pierce plays Julia’s husband, Paul; the regular cast also includes Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz and Fiona Glascott.
“Through her masterful performance, Sarah Lancashire welcomed us into the life of Julia Child, a pioneer who, among her many accomplishments, redefined the possibilities of public television and, in turn, introduced French cuisine and culture in American living rooms,” HBO said. Max responsible for original content Sarah Aubrey. “We are grateful to our creative team, led by Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb, and the talented cast who delighted us all with endless help of warmth and charm. Julia is the perfect show for this moment and we look forward to serving up more of it in season two.
Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment produce Julia. Goldfarb created the series and produced with Keyser (who serves as showrunner), Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts, Kimberly Carver, Charles McDougall and Erica Lipez. Todd Schulkin of the Julia Child Foundation for Food and Culinary Arts is a consulting producer.