Dead to Me season 2: Is it happening? When will it be released? Everything you need to know

From the cast to release rumours - all we know so far about Dead to Me series 2.

By Katie Archer Published: 14 April 2020 - 10.29am
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There are so many brilliant new shows on Netflix at the moment that it’s tough to keep up, but chances are you’ve at least heard of hit series Dead to Me.

Starring Christina Applegate as a mourning widow and Linda Cardellini as a friend trying to comfort her, the show has been topping Netflix's most-watched shows since it was released in May 2019.

As the dark comedy has picked up a huge following already, it seems natural that it would come back for a second series – here’s all we know so far.

Is there a second series of Dead to Me?

Netflix has confirmed that the dark comedy Dead To Me has been renewed for a second season, which premieres Friday, May 8, 2020.

The news was announced on Twitter:

“Dead to Me dragged me out of semi-retirement.”
- Christina Applegate

Creator and executive producer Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy) will return for season 2, as will stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini).

The executive producers are Jessica Elbaum (Booksmart, Hustlers) from Gloria Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell  (Succession, Drunk History) and Adam McKay (Succession, Drunk History) of Gary Sanchez Productions as well as Christie Smith (Nathan for You, Tosh.0) and Christina Applegate.

The show marked Anchorman star Applegate's first work on TV in seven years and she told the Hollywood Reporter Feldman had to talk her out of "semi-retirement".

The mother-of-one said: "It literally took them like dragging me out of my semi-retirement, because I was very happy with my kind of not showering life and doing what I want, and just raising my daughter.

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini in Netflix comedy Dead to Me

"So, what was it? It was a lot of things. It was really a unique premise and show, and I had known Liz Feldman and really loved her as a human being."

The first series premiered on May 3, 2019 so if there is going to be a follow up, we would expect it to stream in 2020, probably late spring or early summer.

What is it about?

Recently bereaved Jen is determined to solve her husband’s hit-and-run murder, but her quest takes an unexpected turn when she joins the Friends of Heaven support group.

There, she meets Judy, who is suffering her own grief over losing a partner, but is also hiding a pretty huge secret.

Jen is cynical and Judy is a free spirit, but despite their polar opposite personalities they strike up an unlikely friendship.

However, Judy is trying to shield Jen from the shocking secret that could destroy her life.

Series one ended on a cliffhanger – which we won’t ruin with spoilers – so let’s just say it would be odd if the show didn’t come back for a second series.

Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate in Netflix comedy Dead to Me

Who would make a return to the cast?

It seems clear that for another series to work, it would have to bring back both of its leads.

Jen is played by Christina Applegate, known for her roles in Samantha Who?, Anchorman, and Bad Moms.

She stars alongside Linda Cardellini as Judy, who has previously appeared in Bloodline, Freaks and Geeks, and Mad Men.

Other prominent characters include James Marsden as Judy’s love interest Steve, Max Jenkins as Jen’s business partner Christopher, and Sam McCarthy and Luke Roessler as Jen’s children Charlie and Henry.

Dead To Me returns to Netflix on Friday, May 8.