Euphoria lands second season renewal on HBO halfway through first season

HBO’s controversial series Euphoria is returning for a second season on the pay cable network, halfway through its first season run.

The renewal was announced by HBO on Thursday, just days before the fifth episode debuts, ’03 Bonnie and Clyde, airing Sunday, July 14 at 9 PM ET on HBO.

While the show has been quite controversial, including its second episode where more than 30 penises were shown, Euphoria has continued to grow its audience from week to week.

Renewed: HBO's controversial series Euphoria is returning for a second season on the pay cable network, halfway through its first season run

Renewed: HBO’s controversial series Euphoria is returning for a second season on the pay cable network, halfway through its first season run

Euphoria also ranks as HBO’s youngest-skewing show in terms of audience demographic on the network’s digital platforms.

The hit series, created by Sam Levinson, has delivered over 5.5 million viewers on the HBO Go and HBO Now streaming platforms.

Euphoria also delivered a series high ratings for its 10 PM telecast on HBO, with 609,000 viewers tuning in, a 24% jump from last week.

Young-skewing: Euphoria also ranks as HBO's youngest-skewing show in terms of audience demographic on the network's digital platforms

Young-skewing: Euphoria also ranks as HBO’s youngest-skewing show in terms of audience demographic on the network’s digital platforms

‘Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,’ said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming, in a statement.

‘We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,’ Orsi continued.

‘We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.’

Incredible world: 'Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,' said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming, in a statement

Incredible world: ‘Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,’ said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming, in a statement

Euphoria follows the lives of several teenagers, seen through the eyes of Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a 17 year old recovering addict fresh out of rehab.

The series also stars transgender actress Hunter Parish as Jules, a transgender student who is new to town as the school year begins.

The cast also includes Maude Apatow  (the daughter of director Judd Apatow) as Rue’s friend Lexi, Barbie Ferreira as the body-positive rebel Kat, Angus Cloud as drug dealer Fezco, Nate Elordi as jock Nate Jacobs, Eric Dane as his shady father Cal, Alexa Demie as Nate’s girlfriend Maddy, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard and Algee Smith as Chris McKay.

Jules: The series also stars transgender actress Hunter Parish as Jules, a transgender student who is new to town as the school year begins

Jules: The series also stars transgender actress Hunter Parish as Jules, a transgender student who is new to town as the school year begins

Body positive: The cast also includes Maude Apatow (the daughter of director Judd Apatow) as Rue's friend Lexi, Barbie Ferreira as the body-positive rebel Kat (above), Angus Cloud as drug dealer Fezco, Nate Elordi as jock Nate Jacobs, Eric Dane as his shady father Cal, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard and Algee Smith as Chris McKay

Body positive: The cast also includes Maude Apatow (the daughter of director Judd Apatow) as Rue’s friend Lexi, Barbie Ferreira as the body-positive rebel Kat (above), Angus Cloud as drug dealer Fezco, Nate Elordi as jock Nate Jacobs, Eric Dane as his shady father Cal, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard and Algee Smith as Chris McKay

Euphoria continues its first season run with ’03 Bonnie and Clyde on Sunday, July 14 at 9 PM ET on HBO, which is set in the aftermath of last episode’s town carnival.

The episode follows Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation, while Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue’s sobriety and Cal worries about how his actions have affected his sons.

The final two episodes of the first season, The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed and And the Salt of the Earth Behind You air Sunday, July 21 and Sunday, July 28 at 9 PM ET on HBO. 

Jules and Rue: This week's episode follows Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation, while Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue's sobriety

Jules and Rue: This week's episode follows Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation, while Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue's sobriety

Jules and Rue: This week’s episode follows Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation, while Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue’s sobriety

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