‘The Great’ Gets Season 3 Renewal From Hulu
BAFTA and Emmy-nominated satirical, comedic drama ‘The Great‘ has been given a 3rd Season renewal by Hulu the streaming service has announced. The series premieres on STARZPLAY in the UK, with a second-run airing on Channel 4.
From Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (‘The Favourite’), ‘The Great’ follows the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalized, fun and anachronistic story of an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside. A very modern story about the past that encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as a lover, teacher, ruler, friend, and fighter.
In season two, Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own — but she will quickly learn that dethroning her husband was just the beginning. Catherine must now face the realities of ‘liberating’ a country that doesn’t want to be free. Her fight to bring enlightenment to Russia will mean battling her own court and those closest to her, including her own mother (played by guest star Gillian Anderson). She will also battle her own heart as she continues to navigate her relationship with Peter. Ultimately, Catherine will learn that to change a country, you must let it change you, that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming ‘Great’ will ask more of her than she could have imagined.
The critically acclaimed second season debuted in November 2021 on Hulu in the USA and in December on STARZPLAY UK. The series was certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 100% and is currently nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards.
The comedic drama stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow. Gillian Anderson also guest-starred in two episodes of season two.
‘The Great’ is created, written and executive produced by McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Mark Winemaker, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, and Matt Shakman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television. The series is distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.
‘The Great‘ Seasons 1 and 2 can be found on STARZPLAY UK. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when they get a UK premiere date.