“What We Do in the Shadows” will return for season three. Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Entertainment confirmed the horror comedy’s renewal Friday as the US heads into Memorial Day weekend.
Adapted from the 2014 feature film by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, the series was an instant hit last year among fans of the movie. Now in its second season, viewership has seen a stunning 25% increase. The ongoing shutdowns caused by Covid-19 have likely played a part in helping audiences discover the series.
Grad said in the press release from FX:
We’re incredibly happy that critics and audiences are all in on Shadows. Week in and week out, the producers, writers and our amazing cast continue to make one of the funniest and best comedy series on TV.
The story follows four vampires — Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) — in a ‘Real World’-style documentary about the lives and afterlives of Staten Island’s undead. They are assisted by Nandor’s tireless familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén).
While Waititi directed the film and has directed several episodes of the series, co-writer Jemaine Clement is the showrunner for “What We Do in the Shadows.” Both Waititi and Clement serve as executive producers along with Paul Simms. Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush and Stefani Robinson also produce.
The first season earned two Prime Time Emmy nominations, for DJ Stipsen‘s cinematography, as well as Sound Editing. It also earned a WGA nomination for New Series. With so many new viewers catching up just in time for Emmy season, could it be an even bigger contender this year? From production and costume design to thrilling guest stars, there could be some surprises in store when nominations are announced in July.
“What We Do in the Shadows” airs Wednesday nights at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX, and FX on Hulu on Thursdays.