Tuca & Bertie has found a new home 10 months after getting cancelled by Netflix.
Adult Swim, the nighttime programming block of Cartoon Network, has renewed Tuca & Bertie for a 10-episode season 2, which is planned to premiere sometime in 2021. The renewal order, however, does not give Adult Swim airing rights to the show’s season 1, which will remain exclusive to Netflix.
Though not official yet, the show’s second-season episodes are believed to be full half-hour installments, and not just the 11- to 15-minute blocks that many Adult Swim’s shows adhere to.
Created by Lisa Hanawalt, the adult animated series follows the friendship between two 30-year-old bird-women, namely Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong), who live in the same apartment building.
“I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I’m thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation,” said Hanawalt in a statement confirming the show’s resurrection.
Though Tuca & Bertie premiered to critical acclaim on Netflix in May 2019, the streaming service pulled the plug on the series two months later, sparking controversy over the streamer’s inability to market the show to a wider audience.
While Cartoon Network’s decision to resurrect Tuca & Bertie comes as a huge surprise, it actually makes sense that the former Netflix show ended up at Adult Swim, as the programming block has long been a haven for offbeat animated series like Robot Chicken, Rick and Morty, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Shivering Truth, and many others.
Plot details about season 2 of Tuca & Bertie are being kept under wraps, but it’s expected that The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun will also return for the new season to voice Speckle, Bertie’s straight-laced architect boyfriend.