The Girlfriend Experience returning for Season Two, without Riley Keough

Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed limited series “The Girlfriend Experience” has been greenlit for a second season, Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced today at the Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton.

Soderbergh returns as executive producer, along with Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, and Jeff Cuban. Andrew Fierberg and Adele Romanski will also executive produce. Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will serve as showrunners, writers and directors for the 14-episode scripted anthology series.

Though the bad news for those who binged the first season: It will be without Riley Keough..

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“The Girlfriend Experience” second season will focus on entirely new characters and plotlines.

Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced Monday (1 August 2016) at TCA that the show has been greenlit for a second season with executive producer Steven Soderbergh and an entirely new cast of characters and plotlines. Make that two new sets. The 14-episode season will be divided into two seven-episode stories, USA TODAY has learned, which may or may not run back-to-back. One will be written and directed by producer Lodge Kerrigan, and the other by producer Amy Seimetz, who have “different sensibilities,” says Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz.

The first season, which follows Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at a prestigious law firm as she enters the world of sex work, was loosely based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 movie starring Sasha Grey. And carried largely by Keough, who reveled in telling an atypical escort story.

“I liked the idea of showing a girl who doesn’t come from an oppressive background, who is intelligent and has a lot going for her, that ends up in sex work. Not the other story, which has been told before,” Keough told USA TODAY.

Paul Sparks was another highlight as the high-powered attorney, David Tellis, turned romantic interest.

Source: USA Today