Can we get a “Yes Chef!”
The Bear has been renewed by FX and Hulu some five months after dropping an almost technically perfect second season (Ok, we have some notes on that finale but can’t fault the storytelling, character development, direction, pacing, cinematography, and structure of the previous nine episodes, including “Fishes” for which we’re sure Jamie Lee Curtis deserves an Emmy for her performance as the brittle, narcissistic, and alcoholic Donna Berzatto.)
News of the renewal came today from FX President Nick Grad, via the following statement:
“The Bear, which wowed audiences in its first season only to achieve even greater heights in Season 2, has become a cultural phenomenon.
“We’re so proud to partner with Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, and the rest of the creative team, as well as the brilliant cast led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. What they and the crew have done is truly remarkable, and we and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”
The series follows driven Michelin star chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), who takes on a grimy cash-strapped Chicago sandwich shop after his brother Mikey’s (Jon Bernthal) untimely death.
In Season 2, Carmy, Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), Richie (Ebon Moss- Bachrach), and the crew work to transform their restaurant into a next-level spot. However, as they strip the restaurant down to its bones, the crew undertakes transformational journeys of their own, each forced to confront the past and reckon with who they want to be in the future.
Of course, it turns out the only thing harder than running a restaurant is opening a new one, and the team must juggle the insane bureaucracy of permits and contractors with the beauty and creative agony of menu planning.
The transition brings a newfound focus on hospitality as well. As the entire staff is forced to come together in new ways, pushing the boundaries of their abilities and relationships, they also learn what it means to be in service, both to diners and each other.
The Bear was created by Christopher Storer (Ramy, Eighth Grade), who acts as executive producer alongside Joanna Calo (BoJack Horseman, Undone), Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Station Eleven) of Super Frog, Josh Senior and Matty Matheson, with Tyson Bidner (Ramy) serving as producer.
As the SAG-AFTRA strike rolls on, production on Season 3 of The Bear will likely begin in 2024. In the meantime, the series has been nominated for 13 Emmy awards for its first season. The Emmys, also on hold due to strikes, will take place in January 2024.
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