“Special” Greenlit For A Second Season

Ryan O'Connell stars in the Netflix series 'Special'
Ryan O’Connell stars in the Netflix series ‘Special’

Special is getting a second season!

Emmy-nominated Netflix show Special will be returning in 2020, according to the streaming channel. The series followed the life of a 20-something gay man who’s living with cerebral palsy.

The story is based on the semi-autobiographical memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell. The Hollywood writer, who has worked on MTV’s Awkward and on Will & Grace, pitched Special, executive produced the series, and starred in it.

The show was celebrated for helping to destigmatize gay sex between people with disabilities or who are differently enabled. It humanized cerebral palsy and did it with a light comedic flair. That earned its Emmy recognition and now a second season.

“It’s beyond what I could have hoped and dreamed for. It’s really overwhelming, it just is. I feel like this show is the Little F*cking Engine That Could,” O’Connell said to Deadline back in August. “I’m just really grateful, and I hope there’s a lot more to come.”

Again, Netflix has just announced the second season for the show will premiere in 2020. The formatting of this second season is currently unclear. The first season’s episodes were only 15-minutes long. But given the before mentioned Emmy buzz, Netflix may be willing to extend the episodes for Special’s second season. This is something O’Connell has been pushing for, as he saw the reduced length as “frustrating,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What we do know about the second season is that Netflix has greenlit eight new episodes. But unfortunately, that is all.

We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in ahead of the season’s unspecified 2020 release.

Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter

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