HBO Max Renews Romantic Comedy 'Starstruck' for a Second Season

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Hot on the heels of its premiere on the streaming service, HBO Max has renewed its quirky British romantic comedStarstruck for a second season. 

The series, which aired on BBC Three in the U.K. earlier this spring, stars New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo, who is also the series creator. Starstruck follows the story of Jessie (Matafeo), a millennial living in East London whose life is currently comprised of working two dead-end jobs and being largely directionless. But when she hooks up with a guy named Tom (Indian Summers' Nikesh Patel) at a drunken New Year's party, she discovers afterward that he's actually a famous film star. (Like, the Tom is actually on magazine covers and movie posters kind of famous.)

The show follows the pair's budding relationship as they realize they can't keep away from each other, no matter how complicated dating an A-lister might actually be for Jessie. It's occasionally uncomfortable humor, to be sure, but it's ultimately an extremely sweet and charming story that may well leave you wondering why television doesn't embrace romantic comedies like this more often.

.@HBOMax renews romantic comedy #Starstruck for a second season:

Season one of the Max Original is available for streaming now.

— Inside HBO Max (@InsideHBOMax) June 10, 2021

“Rose is an exciting talent whose international stardom is on the rise,’ said Jeniffer Kim, Senior Vice President of International Originals at HBO Max. “Working with Rose and the team at Avalon has been amazing and so we had to keep it going. We can’t wait for audiences to see this hilarious and quirky love story.”

Oscar nominee Minner Driver and Years and Years star Russell Tovey are already confirmed for guest appearances in Season 2. (Driver already appeared in the series' first season as Tom's agent, Cath.)

“I’m thrilled that Starstruck will be returning for a second series in the US on HBO Max," Matafeo said in a statement. "I hope American audiences like my accent as much as I like speaking in it."

Have you seen Starstruck yet? What do you think about the prospect of a second season? Let us know in the comments.

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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