Russian Doll is a comedy-drama web television series, created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, that premiered on February 1, 2019, on Netflix. The series follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne), a game developer who repeatedly dies and relives the same night in an ongoing time loop and tries to solve it, leading to her finding Alan Zaveri in the same situation (portrayed by Charlie Barnett).
Its first season received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Lyonne, On June 11, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.
RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE: WHEN CAN WE EXPECT IT?
When will the Russian Doll season 2 start on Netflix? On June 12, 2019, Netflix confirmed that Russian Doll would be coming back for a second season. At the moment, fans are predicting the show will return around Summer 2021, seeing as that will be a year after the first season dropped.
Filming will reportedly kick off in May 2020, according to Production Weekly, which means we could be looking at a 2021 premiere.
RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 CAST: WHO’S GOING TO BE IN IT?
- Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, a software engineer who finds herself reliving her 36th birthday party in an ongoing time loop wherein she repeatedly dies and the process begins again.
- Brooke Timber portrays Nadia as a child.
- Greta Lee as Maxine, Nadia’s friend, who throws her 36th birthday party.
- Yul Vazquez as John Reyes.
- Charlie Barnett as Alan Zaveri.
- Elizabeth Ashley as Ruth Brenner.
- Kate Jennings Grant portrays a young Ruth.
SEASON 2 PLOT: WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE ABOUT?
The key is that whatever Nadia gets up to, it doesn’t fall into standard comedy-drama tropes of motherhood or relationship fulfillment. “She really is asking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ and ‘What is my life?’ And to truthfully ask those questions is just something that women I do not think have access to.”
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Poehler further discussed the show’s handling of its female characters.
“Russian Doll really came out of a conversation that [Natasha] and I started having about roles for women, and about how a lot of our really iconic television characters that are acted by men are really allowed to be many things at once,” she said. “Deadly, and tender, and sexy, and cold – they get to be all those things.
Headland all but confirmed Lyonne’s presence on screen: “When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very convenient 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.