“Cruel Summer” is Coming Back for Season 2 at Freeform

Sarah Drew, Michael Landes, and Chiara Aurelia in
Sarah Drew, Michael Landes, and Chiara Aurelia in "Cruel Summer"

Renewing Cruel Summer was a no-brainer for Freeform since it’s their most-watched show ever, and they finally made things official. The popular teen mystery drama is coming back for another season, but it’s still unclear if it will follow the same characters or return as an anthology series.

In an official statement announcing its renewal, Freeform president Tara Duncan said it was an easy decision for the network and praised executive producers Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, and Tia Napolitano for bringing this show to life. “Jessica, Michelle, and Tia did a phenomenal job pushing the boundaries in terms of genre and storytelling, and it’s incredible to see how it’s hit the cultural zeitgeist in such a significant way. I’m excited to see where they take the series next,” stated Duncan.

Cruel Summer takes place during the mid-90s and centers on a popular teen who disappears and her nerdy classmate who seemingly tries to take her place. The main characters are portrayed by Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia, while Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Blake Lee, and Michael Landes round out the rest of the cast.