Netflix officially announced that Jessica Jones has been renewed for season 2, and fans couldn’t be happier. The streaming service made the announcement Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter previews — two months after Jessica Jones debuted.
Actress Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role, said of her character, “Jessica Jones is very rough around the edges. She drinks a lot, she’s a brawler. I’m very proud of it.”
In a statement from Marvel, the comic book publishing giant stated the company is looking forward to working with Netflix once again.
“Marvel is thrilled to be working with NETFLIX for a second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The positive response to Jessica’s story from fans all over the world has been overwhelming and we look forward to diving even deeper into these characters and this world.”
The news that Jessica Jones has been renewed for season 2 isn’t surprising given the amount of critical praise and fans the show gained. Marvel’s gritty superhero crime drama received rave reviews when it debuted last November. Mashable reports the show gained positive reviews from actress Krysten Ritter’s performance, the writing and the way feminist issues are dealt with on the show.
“We do approach [the show] as a 13-hour movie,” executive producer Rachael Taylor said during the Television Critics Association presentation on Sunday. “Each hour of that movie is its own chapter.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the first season of the show was the most-watched series on Netflix from September to December (although the show didn’t premiere until November), and was watched by about 4.8 million people in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Though the show has been renewed for season 2, Netflix hasn’t given a date yet for the season 2 premiere. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “The Defenders production will really determine” season start dates for other Marvel series like Jessica Jones.
The Daily Mail reports Krysten Ritter was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in the Best Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Jessica Jones. Before the awards show, Ritter said, “We just got a season two order today – it’s been a nailbiter couple of weeks.”
What can viewers expect for season 2 of Jessica Jones? Executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told Deadline in an interview she’s hoping to expand the ensemble of characters.
“I think one of the things I would be able to do now, that’s harder to do in the first season, is to really expand on the ensemble… So, I would hope to further expand on the ensemble, and on Jessica’s world. She ends in a very different place than she started off. She’s still going to be Jessica Jones — that is not going to change. She will continue to drink and make mistakes, and accidentally drop people onto train tracks, but something has changed for her by the end of this season, and I’d just love to explore that in the second season.”
Jessica Jones also stars David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval.
Jessica Jones is the second of potentially five planned live-action series at Netflix with Daredevil as the first. On Saturday, news leaked that a Daredevil spinoff series, The Punisher, is reportedly in development. Jon Bernthal, best known as Shane on The Walking Dead, plays the title character, making his debut on Daredevil in season 2.
Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil premieres on March 18 on Netflix.
What are you looking forward to the most in season 2 of Jessica Jones?
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