After becoming one of the best new TV shows of 2021, hacks is ready for an encore. The highly anticipated hacks Season 2 is on the way, and it’s hard not to be excited for more dysfunctional and beautiful relationships between Deborah (Jean Smart in an Emmy-winning performance) and Ava (Emmy-nominated Hannah Einbinder).
hacks season 1 backed up its reviews with numerous accolades. With the win and Emmy nomination mentioned above, Hacks earned 15 nominations overall, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and three wins. Hacks has also established itself as one of HBO Max’s flagship original shows. Can he build on that with his second season?
Here’s everything you need to know about hacks season 2.
When is Hacks season 2 release date?
hacks Season 2 will premiere exclusively on HBO Max on Thursday, May 12, with the first two episodes available to viewers.
hacks will continue to release two episodes weekly for its entire eight-episode second season, which will premiere in the finale on the streaming service on June 2. This is the same exit strategy as hacks had for Season 1, although the show’s first season ran for 10 episodes.
There is no information at the moment hacks season 2 could debut in the UK. The first season of the comedy has just debuted on Prime Video in the UK.
What is the plot of Hacks season 2?
The first season of hacks reunite the odd couple of Deborah Vance and Ava Daniels, each trying to salvage their burgeoning comedy careers. As they face off, the pair prove to be a strong team. hacks Season 2 will continue to explore their dynamic as they take their act on the road. Here is the official synopsis of hacks season 2:
“The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance and her young writer Ava continues to evolve as they travel across the country to prepare Deborah’s new stand-up comedy.”
Is there a Hacks season 2 trailer?
Yes, but just a trailer for now. That’s not to say it’s not a joy to get those quick snippets of what’s in store for Deborah and Ava this season. Watch the hacks Season 2 trailer directly below:
Hacks Season 1 Recap
If you need a refresher course to remember everything that happened in hacks season 1, definitely read What to Watch’s hacks recaps the entire first season. In the meantime, here is an abridged version.
At the beginning of hacks, Deborah Vance is a comedy legend who enjoyed a soon-to-be-record Las Vegas residency performing stand-up comedy. Unbeknownst to him, however, his star has faded and he is told that his record show will be his last. In an effort to refresh her career, Deborah’s agent puts her in touch with another of his clients, comedy writer Ava.
Each of them is equally excited to work together, which is to say not much. However, slowly they begin to form a rapport – Ava learns there is more to Deborah’s career than she initially thought, while Deborah begins to see the benefits and opportunities to change her act.
Ava also meets more members of Deborah’s inner circle. There’s her manager, Marcus, who struggles to balance his job managing Deborah’s business dealings and his own personal life; his daughter DJ, who is desperately struggling to find her own passion; and Marty, the casino owner who makes the decision to end Deborah’s residency.
But Ava also has her own problems. His career nearly crashed after a tweet gone wrong; she still has feelings for her ex-girlfriend; and her father has health problems.
Things come to a head as Deborah prepares for her final residency performance where she plans to debut the new act she and Ava have been developing. Ava, meanwhile, lands an interview to be a writer for a new TV show, which she hides from Deborah. When she learns that the show just wants to undermine her for stories about working for a demanding boss like Deborah, Ava refuses, but word of the interview goes to Deborah. The two clash, with Deborah saying she won’t be doing their new act. Ava calls it a “hack” and quits, returning home to Boston to be with her sick father, who sadly passes away.
At the funeral, Deborah surprisingly arrives. She tells Ava that she pulled off their deed, but he bombed. However, she believed there were pieces that worked and wanted to continue developing them with Ava. The two go on the road with this goal, although Ava remembers one thing at the end of the season – in her anger after quitting, she sent a bunch of documents about Deborah to the writers of the TV show .
Who is part of the cast of season 2 of Hacks?
Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder are the double of hacks as Deborah Vance and Ava Daniels, respectively. The pair proved to have fantastic chemistry in the first season and it should only get better as their characters’ relationship deepens.
Smart recently caught fire. In addition to hacks she was in the hit series 2021 Easttown Mare and she lent her voice to the popular adult animated series Big mouth. Other well-known credits for Smart include Legion, watchmen, Fargo, 24, garden condition and more. She will also play in Damien Chazelle’s next film, Babylon.
Einbinder was a complete discovery with hacks season 1 (she only had three other credits in previously little-known projects).
Other returning cast members for hacks season 2 features Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Marcus; Christopher McDonald as Marty; Kaitlin Olson as DJ; Paul W. Downs as Agent Jimmy; Megan Statler as Jimmy’s assistant, Kayla; Poppy Liu as Kiki; Rose Abdoo as Josefina; Mark Indelicato as Damien; Angela E. Gibbs as Marcus’ mother; Luenell as Miss Loretta; Johnny Sibilly as Wilson; Joe Mande as Ray; Ally Maki as Taylor; Lorenza Izzo as Ruby; and Jane Adams as Nina Daniels.
New regular cast members include Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly, Ming-Na Wen, and Susie Essman. Margaret Cho and Devon Sawa should be invited.
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How to Watch Hacks
hacks Season 2 will play exclusively on HBO Max when it releases, which means anyone wanting to watch it will need to subscribe to the streaming service. The good news is that you can sign up for HBO Max’s ad-free or ad-free plan. With an HBO Max account, you’ll also be able to watch the entire first season at any time.
For the UK, where HBO Max is unavailable, the first season is now available on Prime Video, but it’s unclear when. hacks season 2 will be coming to the UK.