The second part of Pen15 Season 2 arrives on Hulu on December 3. However, the batch of seven episodes will also mark the end of the comedy headed by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as the two are exiting the series.
Per THR, the decision to end Pen15 comes from the co-creators rather than the streamer. Hulu is still open to doing additional seasons and hopes to do more episodes should the duo change their minds. The move comes after the long production of Season 2, which had its second half delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both actresses also had children during the downtime.
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Pen15 is described as an R-rated “traumedy” set in middle school as it really happened in the year 2000. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Erskine, and Konkle, who both play versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds. In this world, seventh grade never ends and the pains of growing up are inevitable.
Directed and written by Konkle, the upcoming animated special is expected to pick up after the events of Season 2, Part 1’s finale, and will feature a combination of live-action and animated elements.
The synopsis for episode 2.08 titled “Jacuzzi” reads: “On vacation with Curtis, Anna and Maya are introduced to new crippling insecurities. The girls try to ignore them but a mystical turn makes their self-doubt impossible to forget.”
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A production by Awesomeness Studio, Pen15 is co-created, co-written and co-executive produced by Sam Zvibleman. Executive producers are Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Becky Sloviter of The Lonely Island, Marc Provissiero, and Brooke Pobjoy from Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, and Debbie Liebling.
The series is currently nominated for three Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Erskine’s worked on episode 2.06 titled “Play.”