Severance, Apple TV+’s new workplace thriller starring Adam Scott, has this week been renewed for a second season.
The critically-acclaimed series, directed by Zoolander star Ben Stiller, will return after a very dramatic first season finale.
The Black Mirror-esque show follows Mark Scout (Scott), who leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a ‘severance procedure’, surgically dividing their memories between their work and personal lives.
The controversial experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the centre of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work.
The four main cast members will reprise their roles for season two. Scott (who plays Mark), Britt Lower (Helly), Zach Cherry (Dylan) and John Turturro (Irving).
Also returning is Patricia Arquette as office manager Mrs Cobel and Tramell Tillman as her sidekick/enforcer Mr Milchek.
Office wellbeing therapist Ms Casey (Dichen Lachman) will be back, as will Christopher Walken, who plays Irving’s love interest Burt.
Speaking about the success of the first season of Severance, Stiller said in an interview:
“It’s really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show — and the level of fan engagement,”
“I first read Dan Erickson’s pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi-season story, and I’m really happy we get to continue it. I’m grateful to our partners at Apple TV+ who have been behind it the whole way.”
Apple is also happy to have the show back on its screens for a bit longer. Head of programming for Apple TV+ Matt Cherniss said:
“Thanks to creator Dan Erickson, the brilliant Ben Stiller, and an incomparable cast and crew, Severance has imagined an existence that’s equal parts riveting and enthralling as viewers around the globe can’t get enough of these rich characters,”
“We’re excited to go deeper into this wholly unique world and unpack more layers of Lumon in season two.”
Severance is available now on Apple TV+.