Season 2 of Russian Doll is finally starting to take shape, with indicating that Canadian actor Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) is joining the cast in an undisclosed role and capacity. The Netflix series, heavily inspired by the classic Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, was picked up for a second season back in 2019–but the COVID-19 pandemic had pumped the brakes on production rolling forward as expected. Production is expected to resume again, finally, at some point in March.
It’s still pretty much a mystery what Season 2 of will encompass or who the main characters will be. It’s no spoiler to reveal that Season 1 focused on Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as Nadia Vulvokov, a software engineer who is stuck reliving her 36th birthday, which is also the day she seems to die no matter what choices she makes.
The season finale wrapped things up satisfactorily enough to function as a series finale, or could even plausibly have teed Russian Doll up to be an anthology series focusing on different characters stuck in similar dilemmas–but until this announcement all that is literally known so far is that a second season was coming, and now, that Murphy is involved.
What has been clearer is what a success Russian Doll has proven to be. Last year, it was announced that co-creator, writer, and showrunner Leslye Headland was tapped to serve as showrunner and writer . The series will take place in a different timeline than fans have seen before and will be a female-centric show.