Netflix's short-form comedy series, Special will be coming back with a second season. It comes across as major good news as the show that is based on Ryan O'Connell's memoir has been renewed just around holiday time.
The semiautobiographical series, exec produced by Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, will return for an additional eight episodes. It's unclear if the comedy which received four Emmy nominations in the short form categories will continue to be 15 minutes in length. O'Connell has previously been vocal about wanting to expand to the more traditional half-hour running time, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the reduced length was "frustrating" in that he couldn't explore other characters in the season's storytelling.
In addition to starring in the comedy about a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his own identity, O'Connell wrote and exec produced all eight episodes of season one. Unlike with season one, O'Connell previously told THR that he'd like to open a writer's room to expand the scope of a potential sophomore season.
The series is based on O'Connell's I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves and hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and the studio's digital-focused Stage 13 banner. Parsons and his That's Wonderful Productions partner (and husband) Todd Spiewak exec produce alongside the company's Eric Norsoph. Anna Dokoza also exec produces the series, which is produced by Campfire.
O'Connell was nominated for actor in a short-form series, with Special also receiving nods for short-form comedy or drama series, and acting mentions for Hecht and Patel.