HBO wants more Barry; renews dark comedy for third season

HBO decided they want more Barry and more NoHo Hank and, of course, more Henry Winkler as charismatic acting coach Gene Cousineau. Bill Hader’s creation got the renewal just days after Season Two’s second episode aired Sunday night.

Critics are loving Barry, with various guilds nominating the show for a slew of awards. Last year, Barry earned three Emmys for Hader, Winkler, and sound mixing. Hader earned directing accolades for the pilot episode, Chapter One: Make Your Mark, from the DGA and the series was considered one of the best new comedies by multiple organizations. The Peabody Awards even included the dark comedy in their list of nominees announced earlier this week.

Audiences are loving the series as well, with the first season holding a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hader created the dark comedy with Alec Berg and has received praise for his efforts. The show follows United States Marine veteran Barry Berkman who works as a hitman after serving in combat. He travels from the Midwest to Los Angeles for a job only to discover a new love: acting.

Barry Season Two explores a killer’s psyche

In Barry’s second season, Hader’s contract killer tries to untangle himself from the world of murdering people for money so he can pursue his new dream after much encouragement from his acting coach, Gene. However, gangster NoHo Hank, played by Anthony Carrigan, tries to keep Barry as his hired hand. Meanwhile, Gene contemplates if he still wants to teach acting as he mourns a great loss.

The second season is still underway, so there’s no telling where a Season Three will go. For now, we will continue to follow Barry down a path of introspection to figure out why he kills—even when there is no paycheck involved.

Barry follows the new season of Game of Thrones on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. EST.

Billy Procida

Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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