“Euphoria” will continue to ride high. HBO has renewed the controversial teen drama starring Zendaya for a second season.
The show follows a group of high school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. Zendaya plays 17-year-old Rue Bennett, a drug addict fresh from rehab who has no intention of staying clean. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue, is searching for where she belongs.
The series was created and written by Sam Levinson, who also directed five episodes of the first season.
“Euphoria” is HBO’s youngest skewing drama series on its digital platforms. This past Sunday’s episode drew a series-high 609,000 viewers in its 10 p.m. slot. HBO says episodes average 5.5 million viewers, including delayed viewing, replays, and streaming.
“’Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya. We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
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