Much to fans' excitement (and critics' dismay), Netflix confirmed today that Emily In Paris has officially been greenlit for a second season.
The streaming service made the announcement via a video shared to Twitter and Instagram featuring members of the cast, including Lily Collins, Lucas Bravo and Ashley Park, declaring 'deux' to camera ('deux' is French for 'two' for the confused among you). Then, in a move as cheesy as the show itself, Netflix also published a letter (faux, of course) written by Emily's French manager Sylvie asking her American bosses if she could stay on a little longer….
"Despite her overconfident manner and lack of prior experience in luxury goods marketing, she has nonetheless managed to charm some of our hard-to impress clients during her short time at Savoir," the 'letter' read. "Call it bonne chance, of American ingenuity – I'm learning towards the former – her results are impressive."
Since the show's release in October, Emily In Paris has sparked endless debates. While the storyline itself is tough to swallow – our writer Reena Gupta nailed it with her synopsis: "a twenty-something American swooping into a Disney-fied Paris for a social media gig, speaking zero French and somehow thriving through the sheer force of American optimism" – probably the biggest gripe critics have centres around the unhelpful clichés and stereotypes about Paris, and its inhabitants.
As one French writer, Charles Martin of Premiere, put it: "[In Emily In Paris] we learn that the French are "all bad" (yes, yes), that they are lazy and never arrive at the office before the end of the morning, that they are flirtatious and not really attached to the concept of loyalty, that they are sexist and backward, and of course, that they have a questionable relationship with showering."
The show's creator Darren Star (the same dude behind Younger and Sex and the City, so we do have much to thank him for) defended his depiction, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "The show is a love letter to Paris through the eyes of this American girl who has never been there," he says. "The first thing she is seeing is the clichés because it's from her point of view. I'm not sorry for looking at Paris through a glamorous lens."
So, what do we know about season two so far? Well, quite a bit, actually, considering Star's been pretty chatty about his plans for it in recent weeks. Before the second season's confirmation, Star told The Oprah Magazine that the next season would show Emily as "more of a part of the fabric of the world she's living in." He explained: "She'll be more of a resident of the city. She'll have her feet on the ground a little more. She's making a life there."
He also dropped some other spoilers in a chat with Entertainment Tonight. When asked about the character of Camille Razat, Gabriel's ex, and her friendship with Emily, he said their dynamic "definitely opened a lot of questions for how things progress in season 2." Smells spicy!
As great as the news is for fans, realistically, it'll probably be a while before the second season actually hits Netflix, given, you know, the whole global pandemic situation. On the upside, it'll give Emily some more time to actually learn French! Or not.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.