Netflix's 'Russian Doll' creators have ideas for multiple seasons of the hit series

NetflixNatasha Lyonne in ‘Russian Doll’
  • “Russian Doll” co-creators Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland told The Hollywood Reporter that they originally pitched the series as three seasons.
  • They said they have ideas for a potential season two, but aren’t sure if it would continue Nadia’s story, or follow another character.

Netflix’s “Russian Doll” is the streamer’s latest critically acclaimed series with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes critic score after debuting on Friday. It would be surprising if Netflix didn’t renew the series, and if it does, the creators already have ideas.

Co-creators Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland (it was also co-created by Amy Poehler) told The Hollywood Reporter that they originally pitched the series as three seasons.

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“We definitely pitched it as this three-season idea and yet it’s so interesting to think about how that shapes and morphs in the time since making it,” Lyonne told THR. “Who knows if we’ll be lucky enough to go back down the rabbit hole. That’s tomorrow’s question. But I think we have some ideas.”

“Russian Doll” follows Nadia, played by Lyonne, as she repeatedly dies and returns on the night of her 36th birthday. Lyonne said that her ideas range from “the really out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia.”

“And maybe it’s all one idea,” she continued. “Certainly, what we pitched and the heart and soul of ‘Russian Doll,’ I’d love to continue to get to work in that way. It’s very satisfying and kind of wild.”

For a potential season two, Headland told THR that the three creators have discussed multiple possibilities, including staying with Nadia’s story or following others who are experiencing a similar situation. Whatever the case, Nadia would be involved somehow.

“We all have more to tell as artists,” Headland said. “When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very conventional way, if that makes sense. She was always a presence, as we knew Lyonne would always be the beating heart and soul of this show. Whether she was being haunted or she was haunting the narrative, she would be there.”

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