Hulu Renews ‘Casual’ for Season 3, Sets First-Look Pact with Jason Reitman

Hulu has given a third season pickup to the Lionsgate TV comedy series “Casual” and set a first-look deal with exec producer Jason Reitman.

Created by Zander Lehmann, the offbeat comedy series about a recently divorced woman navigating her new life with her brother and teenage daughter earned a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy series earlier this year. Season two bowed June 7 and is rolling out on a weekly basis.

Hulu has given the show a 13-episode order for season three, which is slated to premiere next year.

“Critics and fans have embraced ‘Casual’ as a distinctive, funny quality series thanks to the incredible talent of the creative team and the cast,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “We are … excited to continue to tell the stories of this offbeat family for a third season.”

Reitman’s first-look deal covers all of his television projects. It’s the first such deal that Hulu has made with a filmmaker. Reitman directed the pilot for “Casual” and serves as exec producer with Lehmann, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar.

“Casual” stars Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey and Tara Lynne Barr.

The renewal for “Casual” comes as Hulu is steadily building up its original series slate. Drama “The Path” just began production on season two. Comedy “Difficult People” starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner opens its second season on July 12. “The Mindy Project” heads into season five in the fall.

New series upcoming include the Hugh Laurie starrer “Chance” and the L.A. noir-ish “Shut Eye” starring Jeffrey Donovan and KaDee Strickland.

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