CBC and Netflix have made it official: Anne will go to a second season with an expanded episode order and an all-female writers’ room.
Produced by Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment, 10 new episodes of the hour-long show (called Anne with an E outside of Canada) will go to camera this fall and premiere on both CBC (in Canada) and Netflix (internationally) in 2018. The first season, which CBC commissioned in January 2016, ran for eight episodes.
Creator and lead scribe Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad), who penned season one by herself, has also added an all-female writers’ room for the upcoming season. All 10 of the episodes will be written by Walley-Beckett, Jane Maggs (Bellevue, Cardinal), Shernold Edwards (Haven, Sleepy Hollow), Kathryn Borel (Rush, American Dad), Amanda Fahey (Saving Hope, Mohawk Girls), and Naledi Jackson (21 Thunder, The Detail).
Inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, the series stars Irish-Canadian actor Amybeth McNulty as a re-imagined version of Anne Shirley. Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson, Corrine Koslo, Dalila Bela, Aymeric, Jett Montaz and Lucas Jade Zumann star alongside McNulty.
Anne debuted on CBC in March 19, with the two-hour premiere garnering an overnight average audience of 815,000 (2+), according to Numeris ratings provided by CBC. The entire first season went on draw an average audience of 900,000 (2+) on CBC and reached 4.5 million viewers over the course of the season. On Netflix, the series bowed internationally (excluding Canada, where the streaming service does not hold the rights) on May 12.
Executive producers on the show are Walley-Beckett, de Pencier, Sally Catto, Elizabeth Bradley, Alex Sapot, Debra Hayward, and Alison Owen. John Calvert serves as producer.