Season Two Renewal Expected for Filmed-In-Chicago Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’

Critics have been saluting the new Amazon series Paper Girls, but the question still looms: Will there be a Season Two? Sources tell SCREEN that answer is likely a yes. While cinephiles and the Chicago television production industry await a definitive answer from Amazon on this filmed-in-Illinois series, SCREEN is hearing that the studio is making initial efforts to assemble a production team for a second season. All that being said, it is important to reiterate that there has been no official announcement to date. But there is cause for optimism that the Paper Girls franchise will continue, and will do so in the Chicagoland area.

The critical response to Paper Girls has been stellar. After initially debuting on Rotten Tomatoes with a perfect 100% positive score, Paper Girls is now “Certified Fresh” on the platform, with an 87% positive rating and a total of 38 reviews.

The full first season is available for your nights and weekend TV binge, click here to dive in.

Here is the official trailer at Paper Girls, which filmed in the Chicagoland area and North Suburbs for much of 2021…

More from the First Season of Paper Girls

Paper Girls follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future — they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate.

Sofia Rosinsky (Fast Layne), Camryn Jones (Cherish the Day), Riley Lai Nelet (Altered Carbon) and Fina Strazza (A Christmas Melody) play the four leads in Amazon’s Paper Girls series.

Enjoy this recent MTV News interview with the core cast of four actors…

According to Deadline, “Rosinsky plays Mac Coyle. A working-class Catholic girl, Mac is the first paper boy in Stony Stream who isn’t a boy. Mac inherited the paper route from her older brother, someone for whom she has undying loyalty and love… which might be the wrong place to put it. Mac’s toughness however is no act, she has a sharp tongue and quicker fists. Like most bullies however, Mac is perhaps masking a deep well of insecurity. Usually a loner by choice, events conspire to cast Mac as the unlikely leader of our Paper Girls on Hell Day 1988.”

“Jones portrays Tiffany Quilkin. The only child of success-oriented, mixed race parents, Tiffany has big plans for her future and no intention of seeing them derailed. While she is at times willing to improve on the truth when in a tight spot, there is no denying that Tiffany is crazy smart. She boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, a love of gadgets and technology. She has been delivering papers for a little over a year.”

(L-R) Sofia Rosinsky, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza and Camryn Jones
Photo Credits: Robin Godfrey/Mylinh Tran/Rana Strazza/Industry Entertainment

“Lai Nelet is Erin Tieng. A dutiful daughter, sister, and yes, newly-minted newspaper employee, Erin often feels caught between worlds. On the one hand, she’s a dual-language immigrant with deep Chinese roots, on the other, she’s an All-American kid on the verge of her teenage years who desperately wants the TV-perfect life she often sees depicted in the Western culture all around her.”

“Strazza plays KJ Brandman. KJ is one of the only Jewish girls in Stony Stream and comes from the wealthiest family in town, two things nobody will let her forget. It is perhaps only when playing field hockey that she feels truly seen – an image that conflicts starkly with her mother’s desires for her. KJ is guarded, sensitive and underneath her veneer, emotionally roiling. She doesn’t need the paper-delivery job, but it makes her feel free.”

The Team Behind Paper Girls Includes Brad Pitt, Legendary Television

Paper Girls is produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, in association with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. Joining Brad Pitt in the ensemble of producers are Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers as executive producers. Rogers served as showrunner on the first season.

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang are co-creators of the series, based on their popular comic book franchise.

Next up for Paper Girls: when will that Season Two series order arrive? While there is cause for optimism, it goes without saying that much can change in the weeks ahead.

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