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Zendaya's Euphoria renewed for second season at HBO


Story by Jack Foley

ZENDAYA-starring teen drama Euphoria has been given a second-season by HBO.

The series, which is loosely based on an Israeli format reinvented by Sam Levinson, is among the most talked about new shows of the season for HBO and offers an unfiltered look at life as a young person today. It has frequently provoked controversy for some of its sexual content.

Announcing the renewal, Francesca Orsi, executive vice-president of HBO Programming, said in a statement: “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 ground-breaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”

Series creator and director Levinson infused his own history of dealing with drug addiction and anxiety into the eight-episode series.

Zendaya – currently reprising her role as MJ on the big screen in Spider-Man: Far From Home – plays Rue, a 17-year-old addict fresh out of rehab.

She befriends a new trans girl at her school, Jules (Hunter Schafer), and the two quickly develop an inseparable bond as the navigate the pressures of modern teen life.

According to data released by HBO, Euphoria has become the youngest-skewing drama on its digital platforms and is averaging 5.5 million viewers per episode – nearly 10 times the 563,000 viewers for initial airings.

As yet, the series has still to air on the UK.