Will “Chemistry Lessons” have a second season? Showrunner weighs in

Will “Chemistry Lessons” have a second season?  Showrunner weighs in

This post contains spoilers for Season 1 of “Chemistry Lessons.”

Given the success of Bonnie Jarmus’ best-selling novel Lessons in Chemistry, it’s no surprise that the miniseries adaptation, now streaming on Apple TV+, has been so popular with viewers.

The series, which premiered on October 13, stars Brie Larson as heroine Elizabeth Zoot, a chemist and single mother who finds herself the unlikely host of a cooking show for nosy housewives. Readers and viewers alike fell in love with Elizabeth, who strategically and sensibly lectured on the intersection of cooking and chemistry, sharing lessons that were as much about self-worth as they were about mail reaction.

During the first two episodes, Elizabeth falls in love with chemist Calvin Evans, played by Lewis Pullman, but suffers a painful loss when he tragically dies. The emotional highs and lows of “Chemistry Lessons” captivated viewers, with themes of grief, sexism, misogyny and single parenthood appearing in every plot line.

“There are these signs and these big life moments and you think this story is going in one direction and then it immediately spins around and that’s totally true of life,” showrunner Lee Eisenberg told TODAY.com in an exclusive interview.

It’s gratifying to hear that people love the show enough that they want to come back and see where these characters go.

Lee Eisenberg

With only three episodes left in the miniseries, viewers are already asking for a second season. While the eight-episode adaptation will capture Jarmus’s original novel in its entirety, the show’s creators have already asked themselves what Elizabeth’s life would look like outside the pages.

“It’s very encouraging to hear that people love the show enough that they want to come back and see where these characters go,” Eisenberg said. “And if we have the right story, we love to explore it.”

The final episode of the series will air on Friday, November 24, and viewers will experience the end of Elizabeth’s story. Executive producer Sarah Adena Smith finds this sense of closure very satisfying.

“I like limited series as a format because you have a beginning, middle and end, and you’re not expanding things for the sake of expanding them,” Smith tells TODAY.com. She adds that the “rigor” of the miniseries is of such a “high level of quality” that the final product more closely resembles a movie rather than a TV show.

She adds: “We knew where we were going, and we knew that we had fired this bullet at her, and that it was not infinite.”

Although Eisenberg isn’t ready to close the door on future seasons, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has prevented the cast and crew from sitting down and discussing what season two will look like. For now, they are enjoying the chemistry viewers have with the current episodes.

“We are very excited and focused on launching Season 1 in the best way possible,” Eisenberg said.

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