Heartbreak High: Australian hit renewed for a second season on Netflix – The Guardian

Australian teen drama spends two weeks in streaming platform’s Top 10, while fans drive billions of views on social media
Netflix’s reboot of Heartbreak High has been renewed for a second season just a month after the Australian teen drama proved a global hit on the streaming service.
The series, which follows the kids at fictional school Hartley High and launched on Netflix in September, has racked up more than 42.6m hours viewed in its first three weeks. The show has remained in Netflix’s overall Top 10 in Australia since it launched, and reached Netflix’s Top 10 list in more than 43 countries around the world.
Heartbreak High is produced by Fremantle Australia and NewBe, and created by Hannah Carroll Chapman. It stars several new faces, including actors Asher Yasbincek, Gemma Chua-Tran, Josh Heuston, James Majoos, Chloe Hayden, Ayesha Madon, Sherry-Lee Watson, Will McDonald, Bryn Chapman-Parish, Brodie Townsend, Thomas Weatherall and Chika Ikogwe.
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The show has become a huge success outside Australia, with US viewers in particular enjoying exposure to modern Australian youth culture. It has found many fans globally on TikTok, where the topic “Heartbreak High” has reached more than 300m views.
The reboot is loosely inspired by the original show – itself based on a feature film – which ran for more than 200 episodes from 1994 to 1999. Initially broadcast on Channel 10 and later on the ABC in Australia, it was syndicated in more than 70 countries and translated into multiple languages.
The new Heartbreak High has been described by Guardian reviews as “more ironic” than the original, and stylistically distinct, with “an upbeat, lighthearted tone”.
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Production on the new season is set to begin in Sydney soon.

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