NBC has renewed Good Girls for season 3. Created by Jenna Bans, the crime comedy drama series follows the trials and tribulations of three struggling Detroit women who successfully rob a supermarket. On March 3, Good Girls season 2 premiered.
On Good Girls, Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, and Retta star as the three titular characters. As Beth Boland, Hendricks portrays her first notable TV drama character since her 80-episode run as Joan Holloway on AMC’s Mad Men. As for Retta, she most recently had a main role on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, though she’s perhaps best known as Parks and Recreations’ Donna Meagle, a character she portrayed from 2009 to 2015. Rounding out the main cast, TV veteran Whitman stars as Annie Marks, the younger sister of Hendricks’ character. Good Girls season 1 aired from February to April 2018, and the series was renewed for season 2 approximately one week after the season finale.
Per Variety, NBC has now ordered Good Girls season 3. The decisions comes six episodes into Good Girls season 2, with the series set to air the remaining episodes this month. While the Good Girls season 1 U.S. viewership mostly stayed steady from episode 3 onward, the numbers for Good Girls season 2 have significantly declined from the initial 10 episodes, though the current viewership numbers have also stayed mostly the same as well. As Variety notes, “When taking into consideration delayed viewing (in live+7), the series averages 4.1 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49.” Alongside the aforementioned actresses, Good Girls’ main cast also includes Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, and Matthew Lillard. In recurring roles, Zach Gilford, June Squibb, and Alison Tolman also appear on the NBC series.
While NBC has already renewed numerous comedies and dramas for the 2019-2020 season, the most notable is the season 21 renewal for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. On March 29, Dick Wolf’s police procedural series made television history by surpassing the original Law & Order’s 20-season run, making it the longest-running live-action primetime series. Meanwhile, star Mariska Hargitay also made the record books, as she’ll reprise her character Olivia Benson for a 21st consecutive season. For Good Girls, the expectations and goals are more grounded in telling an effective, timely story about modern females. NBC Entertainment’s co-presidents of scripted programming, Tracey Pakosta and Stacy Katz, stated that, “We’re so excited to continue following the friendship and adventures of these three incredible women while also exploring relatable issues in both funny and surprising ways.”
For NBC, Good Girls’ season 2 numbers may continue to decline throughout the remaining episodes, but there’s a good reason for that, as the main competition will be HBO’s Game of Thrones. So, with the Good Girls season 3 renewal, NBC seems to acknowledge the show’s impact thus far, along with its potential in a post-White Walker Sunday night world. For now, the Good Girls cast and crew can rest easy, knowing that they have the opportunity to push forward with new stories.
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