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‘Dear White People’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 2

Creator Justin Simien and the cast announced the pickup at the Essence Festival

School is back in session for “Dear White People.”

Netflix has renewed the series from Lionsgate for a Season 2, with creator Justin Simien and the cast announcing the news on Friday during a panel at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Production is set to commence later this year on the 10-episode second season. Yvette Lee Bowser returns as showrunner, while Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev continue as executive producers.

The comedy, which launched its first season in April, stars Logan Browning (Sam White), Brandon P. Bell (Troy Fairbanks), Antoinette Robertson (Coco Conners), DeRon Horton (Lionel Higgins), John Patrick Amedori (Gabe Mitchell), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Joelle Brooks) and Marque Richardson (Reggie Green).

The series is based on Simien’s 2014 satirical film of the same name, which was released by Lionsgate’s sister company Roadside Attractions. The film’s cast included Bell, Richardson, Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran and Dennis Haysbert.

The pickup comes in the wake of the streaming service having decided the fate of a number of its series. “Girlboss,” “Sense8” and “The Get Down” all recently got the axe, although “Sense8” co-creator Lana Wachowski announced on Thursday that the show will return for a two-hour sendoff.

Netflix renewed “F Is for Family” earlier this week for a third season.