In April 2018, best friends and comedians, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, entered into a creative partnership when Hulu gave the nod to their co-creation, ‘Pen15.’ The twisted teen comedy series features Anna and Maya as they navigate the awkward transition between childhood and teendom while playing fictionalized versions of their 13-year-old selves. The cringe comedy first premiered in February 2019 and opened to universal acclaim.
It was lauded by the critics and the audiences for the early-2000s pop culture references, the chemistry between the leads, and the central premise that smartly derives humor from social awkwardness that persists in the lives of middle schoolers. Season 2 dropped recently, and naturally, fans must be awaiting an update on ‘Pen15’ season 3. Well, we have got you covered!
PEN15 Season 3 Release Date
‘Pen15’ season 2 premiered on September 18, 2020, on Hulu. It comprises seven episodes with a runtime of 27–29 minutes each.
Fans would be delighted to know that on May 1, 2019, the streaming network announced the Emmy Award-winning show’s renewal for a 14-episode second season. The creators revealed that the season would be split into two equal parts. Since seven episodes dropped in September 2020, the second batch is slated for a release in early 2021.
Now that TV shows and movies are slowly and safely resuming production after coronavirus restrictions, one can hope for the makers to start filming the second part of ‘Pen15’ soon. If it manages to wrap up the filming according to the schedule, we can expect ‘Pen15’ season 3 or ‘Pen15’ season 2B to premiere sometime in 2021, on Hulu.
PEN15 Season 3 Cast: Who is in it?
The series features Maya Erskine as a Japanese-American seventh-grader, Maya Ishii-Peters. Joining Maya as her musically gifted best friend Anna Kone is Anna Konkle. Mutsuko Erskine appears as Maya’s mother, Yuki Ishii-Peters, while Richard Karn as Maya’s absent musician father, Fred Peters. Taylor Nichols and Melora Walters essay the role of Anna’s dysfunctional parents – father Curtis and mother Kathy – respectively.
The cast also includes Taj Cross as Sam Zablowski, Dallas Liu as Shuji Ishii-Peters, Dylan Gage as Gabe, Sami Rappoport as Becca, Anna Pniowsky as Heather, Ivan Mallon as Ian, Hannah Mae as Connie M, Tony Espinosa as Jafeer, Brandon Keener as Mr. O, Marion Van Cuyck as Terra Newback, David Bowe as Albert, Diane Delano as Jan, Katie Silverman as Stevie, and Tim Russ as Mr. Wyzell, among others. In season 3, almost all the main cast members might make a return to portray their respective roles.
PEN15 Season 3 Plot: What can it be About?
In season 2, outcasts Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle deal with the aftermath of the Season 1 finale, wherein Brandt confesses that he has a secret crush on Maya. If that wasn’t enough, Sam dumps Jenna and reveals to Maya that he is actually her secret AIM boyfriend. The best friends find themselves in various circumstances that test their friendship throughout the season, but the experiences only make their bond stronger.
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Maya said, “We’re hoping to keep the show [about] Anna and I in 7th grade, forever. That’s what the whole concept of the show is about: that purgatory. It’s not about these two characters going to high school. We might see them explore darker and more mature things next season.” So, in season 3, we can expect the middle-schoolers to continue embarking upon silly and zany adventures. The season might throw more light on R-rated subjects with Maya and Anna exploring their sexuality further. Along with that, it can be packed with the trademark absurd and dark humor, that the show is known for.
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