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Will Paul Rudd’s ‘Living With Yourself’ Get a Season Two?
The ending of Living With Yourself’s first season was wild to say the least. Paul Rudd’s Netflix comedy has the actor playing himself as the same marketing creative in two different bodies. The show dropped on Netflix on October 18, but with only eight episodes at about 30 minutes each, cranking through the whole season in one night isn’t impossible. In its final episode, the series set up an ending that could be perceived as a happy finale for Miles (Rudd), Clone Miles (um, also Rudd) and his wife Kate (Aisling Bea), but that doesn’t completely remove the possibility of a Season Two. Creator Timothy Greenberg designed the first season to leave the door open, in case viewers wanted more of the strange sci-fi series.
Hold On. What’s the Premise of This Again?
Paul Rudd plays Miles, a depressed marketing creative whose marriage and career has started to disintegrate around him. On recommendation from his colleague, Miles go to a strip mall spa for a “rejuvenating” treatment. He quickly finds out that the treatment was bit deeper than a facial scrub—the spa scrubs the body for DNA, clones you into a happier existence, and then disposes of your body. Unfortunately, both Miles and Clone Miles survive and eventually find each other.
Is There Going to Be a Season Two?
At this point, it’s too early to say. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Greenberg said, “I like these characters and I wanted them to have happy endings—whatever that means.” With a “happy” ending in play, that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of a Season Two. “I wrote the story that I had in mind,” Greenberg said. “We did tweak it a bit so that it could be the one season, and then we’ll just see where it goes from there. I have ideas for what could be future seasons.”
A lot of that depends on Rudd, who has never been a regular on a television show before. While designed to be a one season kind of show, if Rudd and Netflix wanted to continue the series, the possibility of more isn’t unfathomable.
Where Could the Show Go From There?
That is the real question in this scenario. While Greenberg has ideas percolating, the season ended in a strange place. Kate revealed to both Miles and his clone that she was pregnant, unsure of who the baby belonged to. The trio seemed to agree that they would parent the child together in a bizarre throuple situation, but that dynamic seems a bit too sitcom-y for the tone Living With Yourself set up.
The lingering question of how this type of cloning is allowed unregulated remains questionable as well. A whole second season could involve protecting Miles’ clone (and the 34 others) safe from discovery. But don’t expect another Tom Brady cameo, considering how many eyebrows were raised from his first guest spot.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.