An Annabel Oakes creation, ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ is a musical romantic comedy series. It is a prequel to the 1978 classic film ‘Grease,’ which is based on the stage musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Case. The show takes place in 1954, about four to five years before the film, and depicts the foundation of the Pink Ladies, the Rydell High clique Sandy is part of in the movie. The narrative focuses on its four founders, Jane Facciano (Marisa Davila), Olivia Valdovinos (Cheyenne Isabel Wells), Cynthia Zdunowski (Ari Notartomaso), and Nancy Nakagawa (Tricia Fukuhara), offering a commentary on the 1950s and 1970s from the perspective of the 2020s, just as the film is a commentary on the 1950s from the perspective of the 1970s,
Following its premiere, ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ season 1 received mixed reviews. While the show garnered some praise for the production and the performances, it drew criticism for writing and creative choices. If you are wondering whether there will be a second season of ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,’ we got you covered.
Will Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies Season 2 Happen?
‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ season 1 premiered on April 6, 2023, on Paramount+ and aired 10 episodes of 48–59-minute runtime before concluding on June 1, 2023. As for season 2, this is what we know.
Neither the Paramount executives nor the series producers have confirmed the development of a season 2. However, at the premiere of season 1, various cast members speculated what their dream colleague would be for season 2. The names that popped up include Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, Drew Barrymore, and Rihanna.
In the season 1 finale, with Buddy (Jason Schmidt) and Richie (Johnathan Nieves) expelled from school, Jane comes up with a plan to bring Richie back. She approaches Buddy to propose a race between him and Gil (Nicholas McDonough). If Buddy wins, the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds will go to the Principal and tell him that Richie was responsible so Buddy can go back to school. If Gil wins, Buddy will do the same. One thing leads to another, and Susan (Madison Thompson) and Jane end up competing in the race. Even though Susan wins, Buddy later voluntarily accepts responsibility and quits school.
Meanwhile, the Pink Ladies crash Olivia’s wedding with Mr. Daniels and convince her not to go through with it. Cynthia comes out to Nancy, and when she reveals this to Lydia (Niamh Wilson), demonstrating how serious she is about their relationship, the two reconcile. Hazel (Shanel Bailey) becomes a member of the Pink Ladies, as the other girls admit they need someone among them who can think logically. As the season ends, Gil introduces his friend from childhood in New York: Frankie Zuko. Jane seems to know the mysterious young man and declares that she meant when she said she didn’t want to see him again.
In the prospective season 2, we are likely to get more information about Frankie Zuko and whether he is related to Danny Zuko, John Travolta’s character from the film. When Richie returns, Jane might find herself at the center of yet another love triangle. Free for the first time from expectations, Buddy can find out what he wants to do with his life. Hazel also might have to make a choice between Buddy and Wally (Maxwell Whittington-Cooper).
In various interviews, the cast of ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ stated they would like to see more legacy characters from the film in the show. The renewal ultimately depends upon the success of season 1. If everything goes well and the series does get renewed, the viewers can expect ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ to come out sometime in Q2 2025.