This Close, the Sundance Now series created by and starring deaf actors Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern, is returning for a second season, ET has exclusively learned. The show is set to begin production on a brand new eight-episode season this summer in Los Angeles.
A sexy, funny and complicated show, This Close follows two best friends -- Kate (Stern) and Michael (Feldman) -- navigating work and love while trying to stay true to who they are. The first season, consisting of only six episodes, quickly earned adoration among fans and critics alike.
“Making the first season of This Close was a dream come true,” Stern and Feldman said in a statement. “We couldn't have done this without our brilliant team, and are thrilled to dive back into this story. We never anticipated the response to the show from our audience, which was beyond our wildest expectations and is the very reason we get to continue telling Kate and Michael's stories.”
In a separate interview with ET, Feldman explained that he and Stern have plans for five seasons. “We know exactly how the show is going to end,” he said. “So hopefully we get there.”
“We are immensely proud of This Close and could not have asked for a better reception to the series’ first season from both the press and our Sundance Now members,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “Greenlighting the show’s second season was the easiest decision we’ve ever made, and we cannot wait to see where Josh and Shoshannah take Michael and Kate’s stories.”
While the season two pickup didn’t include any casting confirmations, it’s hard to imagine that the show wouldn’t continue to explore its two central romances between Michael and Ryan (Colt Prattes) as well as Kate and Danny (Zach Gilford), whose status ended on a cliffhanger. “I'm rooting for them [Danny and Kate] because in season two, I would love to come back,” Gilford told ET, while hinting that he would like to try his hand at directing should it return for a second season.
Of course, there is hope that season two will also mark the return of guest stars Cheryl Hines, Marlee Matlin and Nyle DiMarco, who is longtime friends with both Stern and Feldman and recently told ET he’s interested in taking on more acting projects following work on Difficult People and Switched at Birth.