Cruel Summer Season 2: Check Out the Big Changes Coming

Cruel Summer has announced details about its hotly-anticipated second season. Find out the latest about what to expect, including the Private Practice reunion the show has in store.

By Daniel Trainor Apr 22, 2022 12:45 AMTags
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Cruel Summer is building another mystery. 

The hit Freeform show has announced plans for season two, set to premiere later this year, which will feature an entirely new storyline and cast. 

Set in the Pacific Northwest, the season will follow "the rise and fall of an intense teenage friendship...from three different timelines surrounding Y2K," according to the network. The first season of the show gave us a '90s nostalgia fix and now it looks like it's time to reckon with the turn of the century.

Cruel Summer's season two release date has not been revealed.

The cast will be led by The Goldergs' Sadie Stanley, American Vandal's Griffin Gluck and newcomer Eloise Payet

The series will also feature a Private Practice reunion, as both KaDee Strickland and Paul Adelstein, who played husband and wife Charlotte and Cooper on the hit ABC medical drama from 2007-2013, are both set to appear in season two.

That's not all!

Private Practice heads (it's a thing, trust us) will recognize that Gluck played Strickland and Adelstein's son Mason on seasons five and six of the show. Somebody call Kate Walsh

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"The season twists and turns as it tracks the early friendship between Megan (Stanley), Isabella (Payet) and Megan's best friend Luke (Gluck)," said the network, "the love triangle that blossomed, and the mystery that would impact all of their lives going forward."

Megan is described as "a computer coder and honor student from a blue-collar family" who meets Isabella, "a daughter of foreign diplomats," who is spending a year as an exchange student with Megan's family.

Meanwhile, Luke "finds himself at a crossroads as he tries to establish his own place in the world, separate from the expectations of his powerful father (Adelstein)."

Strickland plays Megan's "hardworking single mom who thinks hosting Isabella will open her daughter's eyes to a bigger world than their small town."

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The first season of Cruel Summer—which took place over the course of three different times in 1993, 1994 and 1995—starred Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia.

With the Y2K-themed second season ahead, we're going to burn some CDs to celebrate.

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