The cast and producers of Lindy West’s Hulu adaptation tease a bit of what’s in store for its imminent ending.
After three seasons, 22 episodes, and an untold number of laughs, Hulu’s “Shrill” is coming to an end. Earlier this year, the streaming platform announced the third season would be “Shrill’s” last, before setting a release date for Friday, May 7.
During Thursday’s Television Critics Association Winter 2021 Press Tour presentation, Hulu released the Season 3 teaser and held a panel with the cast and producers. You can get your first glimpse at Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope in their last episodes below.
Hulu has also provided the following synopsis. [Author’s Note: The below graph contains spoilers for Season 2.]
The new season finds Annie (Aidy Bryant) energized by her breakup with dud boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) and her newfound momentum at work. Annie feels like everything is finally falling into place for her, but does she actually know how to get what she wants?
Also returning for the final season are series regulars Ian Owens and John Cameron Mitchell. The series’ showrunner and executive producer is Ali Rushfield, while the original book’s author Lindy West also serves as executive producer and writer. More executive producers include Rob Klein, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions. Warner Bros. Television serves as the international distributor.
“Shrill” premiered at the 2019 SXSW Festival to largely positive reviews. Based on West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman,” the Hulu series embodied the first edition’s cover note, that read: “Women are funny. It’s OK to be fat, and feminists don’t have to be nice.” Though some critics cited the series for perhaps being a bit too nice at times, many recognized it as genuine, smart storytelling and hailed Bryant’s moving lead performance. (Adefope has also been highlighted as a breakout, though the whole cast received high marks.)
The series follows Annie, a young staff writer at a local Portland news outlet who vows to stop letting other people define her voice. Annie’s journey toward self-empowerment goes beyond her job and affects her relationships, as well, whether it’s her slacker boyfriend Ryan or her roommate and best friend Fran.
Season 2 expanded to eight episodes, two more than Season 1, and was met with less enthusiastic praise, though its mission to challenge pre-existing perspectives and start a dialogue about finding your voice kept it a unique entry in the TV world. Season 3, the show’s last, will look to wrap up Annie’s quest with definitive progress.
Watch the teaser below.
“Shrill” Season 3 premieres Friday, May 7 on Hulu.