Freeform has greenlit a second season of psychological drama “Cruel Summer”, which just concluded its first season. “Renewing Cruel Summer for a Season 2 was an easy decision,” Freeform President Tara Duncan said in a statement. “It’s the biggest series debut in Freeform’s history and the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. [Executive producers] Jessica [Biel], Michelle [Purple] and [showrunner] Tia [Napolitano] did a phenomenal job telling an addictive story that’s tapped into the cultural zeitgeist. I’m excited to see where they take the series next.”
Debuting in April 2021 and set in the fictional town of Skylin, Texas, each episode of “Cruel Summer” focuses on the same day over the course of three years: 1993, 1994 and 1995. The series follows two teenage girls: Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) is a beloved popular girl who one day disappears without a trace at the hands of new vice principal Martin Harris (Blake Lee).Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) is an awkward outcast who seemingly takes over Kate’s life after she goes missing. Found alive a year later, Kate accuses Jeanette of witnessing her abduction but not reporting it, which results in Jeanette becoming the most despised person in America.