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Hulu Renews ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for Season Two

Pick-Up Comes Just One Week After Debuting

Just one week after its debut, Hulu has greenlit “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, which according to Hulu has been watched by more viewers than any other series premiere on the platform. Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) and Samira Wiley (“Orange Is The New Black”). It is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Margaret Atwood serving as a consulting producer.

The logline: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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