For anyone who enjoys the company of quality animated storytelling, the announcement last July from Netflix that the superb Tuca & Bertie would not proceed beyond its first season was a fucking bummer of the tallest order. Friday, however, brought word of a seemingly out-of-nowhere update on the show's legacy. Namely, it has been revived with a new home: Adult Swim.
"I've been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I'm thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation," series creator Lisa Hanawalt, also known for her work on BoJack Horseman, said in a statement to Variety on Friday.
The second season consists of a 10-episode order and is currently slated for a 2021 premiere. Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, thankfully, are reprising their roles as the title characters. As for the initial season of the critically acclaimed series, that'll stay on Netflix, as Adult Swim now has domestic rights to the sophomore season.
In a must-read chat with IndieWire last May detailing the origin of the series, Hanawalt emphasized her aversion to making plans, which she candidly revealed did not initially include such a series at all.
"I'm just so afraid of being disappointed in myself that I kind of never think anything will work out," Hanawalt said at the time. "When we started developing Tuca & Bertie, I just kind of went along with it because Raphael [Bob-Waksberg] and [producers] Noel [Bright] and Steve [Cohen] were supporting me in that journey. I thought we might as well take a stab at it because if I don't at least try, I'll never forgive myself."
If you very unwisely skipped the initial run of Tuca & Bertie, perhaps consider pausing your 3,000th rewatch of The Office long enough to binge it in full this weekend, then dive into the celebrations surrounding its revival: