‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 Pushed to 2021

Hulu Newfront: “Nine Perfect Strangers” and “The Dropout” will also debut next year

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The premiere of the fourth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been pushed to 2021, Hulu revealed Monday during its virtual newfront presentation to advertisers.

Production on Season 4 of the Elisabeth Moss-led drama was just getting underway in Canada back in March when it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show’s fourth season was originally expected to launch this fall, but Hulu has now shifted its release to next year. An individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap the streamer will reveal a narrower premiere window when a date is set for filming to resume.

During its newfront, Hulu also said that limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, and the Kate McKinnon-led “The Dropout” will debut next year.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” was renewed for Season 4 in July 2019, ahead of its Season 3 finale last Aug. 14. The dystopian drama’s third installment launched in June 2019, which made it ineligible for last year’s Emmys, and Seasons 1 and 2 premiered in April 2017 and April 2018, respectively.

Along with Moss, the series stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel and Bradley Whitford.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is executive produced by Bruce Miller, Moss, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and Frank Siracusa.

The series hails from MGM Television.