Premiered in 2015, “Casual” was one of Hulu’s first original drama efforts, hailing from creator Zander Lehmann, showrunner Liz Tigelaar, and director Jason Reitman. Starring Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, and Tara Lynne Barr, the series was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2016 for best television series, musical or comedy.
The series was generally well received by critics, though failed to grab the popular attention that Emmy winner “The Handmaid’s Tale,” another Hulu original, did this year. Former Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote of the first season, “There are, admittedly, some funny lines (Valerie laments about a guy, ‘His favorite movie is “Underworld” ’), and a bittersweet quality throughout that approximates some of Reitman’s films. Best known for comedy, Watkins delivers a performance that exhibits plenty of sadness, with the occasional bout of unexpected exhilaration, over her general state.”
Word of the final season follows a shakeup in the programming leadership at Hulu, where former AMC executive Joel Stillerman came aboard in May as chief content officer, with Craig Erwich, who developed “Casual” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” remaining in place as senior VP of content.