Fans of the classic coming-of-age story “Anne of Green Gables” are in luck. Netflix and the CBC announced Thursday that they’ve renewed “Anne (With an E),” the nostalgic reimagining that debuted on the streaming service in May, for a second season.
Season 2, which will also be 10 episodes compared to Season 1’s eight, is set to debut in 2018. The series is known simply as “Anne” in Canada.
Netflix also announced that the second season will have a writers’ room comprised completely of women. It’ll be led by series creator Moira Walley-Beckett, who worked on “Breaking Bad.”
Walley-Beckett will be writing for the series, along with Jane Maggs (“Bellevue”), Shernold Edwards (“Sleepy Hollow”), Kathryn Borel (“American Dad”), Amanda Fahey (“Saving Hope”) and Naledi Jackson (“The Detail”).
It is based on the classic Canadian novel “Anne of Green Gables,” which follows the adventures of an orphan named Anne Shirley, who joins the family of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island in the early 20th century.
The red-headed Anne has endeared herself to fans over the decades due to her strong personality and passion in everything she does. The rural setting of the books have also been part of its appeal, which the series’ Twitter showed off in a little tease of the renewal.
— Anne with an "E" (@AnneWithAnE) August 3, 2017
“Anne Shirley is one of Canada’s greatest gifts to the world. We can’t wait to bring Anne’s next chapter to Netflix members globally,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix vice president of content.
The move to renew the show comes after Netflix announced that it’ll be more selective about the shows it renews. So far, the streaming service has canceled “The Get Down” and “Sense8.”
“This exquisite series has drawn universal acclaim and introduced Anne Shirley to an entirely new generation, reaching an audience of 4.5 million in Canada,” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming at CBC. “We know that the inspired cast and entire team will deliver an unforgettable second season.”
The series stars Amybeth McNulty (Anne Shirley), Geraldine James (Marilla Cuthbert), R.H. Thomson (Matthew Cuthbert), Corrine Koslo (Rachel Lynde), Dalila Bela (Diana Barry), Aymeric Jett Montaz (Jerry Baynard), and Lucas Jade Zumann (Gilbert Blythe).