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'13 Reasons Why' renewed for a second season at Netflix

2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, U.S., 07/05/2017 – Cast of "13 Reasons Why". REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES - Netflix's watercooler hit "13 Reasons Why" will be back for a second season at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.

The first season of the series, based on the young adult novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by Katherine Langford. Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Brian d'Arcy James, and Kate Walsh also star. Season 2 will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah's death and as the other characters' start their complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.

The second season, which will again consist of 13 episodes, is set to debut on Netflix in 2018. Brian Yorkey will continue to serve as showrunner.

Although Netflix doesn't release ratings, the series became the most tweeted about show of 2017.

Critics praised the series, including Variety's Maureen Ryan, who called it "a suspenseful tale that will keep most engaged until the final scene fades out." But it also sparked controversy over its graphic depictions of suicide and sexual violence, leading Netflix to add content warnings to the episodes.

Season 2 will be produced for Netflix by Paramount Television. The show is also executive produced by Selena Gomez, along with Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Joy Gorman Wettels, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin.

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