The reign of Catherine the Great will continue on Hulu, as the streamer’s original series The Great starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult has been renewed for a 10-episode third season. Deadline reported the news.
The Great was created by Tony McNamara (based on his play) and tells the story of Catherine the Great and her ascension to the Russian throne over her husband Peter in the 18th century. A historical comedy, the show famously has taken some liberties in the fact vs fiction department, though that is not something it hides as it notes clearly in its opening credits that the show is an “occasionally true story.”
The news of a renewal comes after The Great season 2 premiered in November 2021. This season began in the immediacy of Catherine’s coup against Peter and follows her as she tries to assert herself as a leader for Russia all while preparing for the birth of her child. All 10 episodes of season 2 are available to stream on Hulu (or Channel 4’s 4OD in the U.K.).
Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star in The Great as Catherine and Peter, respectively. They are joined in the cast by Phoebe Fox as Marial, Sacha Dhawan as Orlo, Belinda Bromilow as Aunt Elizabeth, Gwilym Lee as Grigor, Douglas Hodge as Velementov, Charity Wakefield as Georgina, Adam Godley as Archbishop, Bayo Gbadamosi as Arkady, Florence Keith-Roach as Tatyana and, as a guest star for season 2, Gillian Anderson as Catherine’s mother.
There was no word on how long fans of The Great may have to wait for season 3. There was about an 18 month gap between when The Great season 1 premiered in May 2020 and season 2 in November 2021. Should that same time frame be applied, perhaps we could be seeing The Great season 3 around in the first half of 2023.
To watch The Great on Hulu, you must be a subscriber to either the Hulu or Hulu with Live TV platform. The former provides all Hulu original and library content and is available starting at $6.99 per month, while the latter adds to that a range of live TV channels and access to the Disney Plus and ESPN Plus streaming platforms at a starting price of $69.99 per month.
Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.
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