The Bear roars back in 2023 for a second season

Jeremy Allen White

It’s of no surprise to Reel Chicago that Jeremy Allen White’s The Bear has been renewed for a second season by FX.

The 8 episode first season of The Bear, follows a classically trained, world-class chef, played by Shameless’ White, who takes over a small, yet popular Chicago sandwich shop, left to him by his brother (Jon Bernthal from The Punisher & The Walking Dead) who died by suicide. Edwin Lee Gibson and Matty Matheson also co-star.

The restaurant-based dramedy, created by co-showrunner Christopher Storer and co-showrunner Joanna Calo, became an instant hit featuring guest stars Oliver Platt (Chicago Med’s Dr. Daniel Charles) appearing in 2 episodes as Uncle Jimmy, Amy Morton (Chicago P.D.’s Trudy Platt) appearing in Episode 2 as the health inspector, and John Hughes’ muse for Chicago based 80’s films, Molly Ringwald appearing in Episode 3 as the Al-Anon counselor.

When the series debuted in June, fans immediately ate up all episodes and were left begging for more.

The Bear had 17.8 times the average series demand in the United States for the week ending July 1, which is very impressive and that demand might just continue to increase as more people hear about it through word of mouth on social media.

The Bear has exceeded our wildest creative, critical and commercial expectations,” said Eric Schrier, FX Entertainment President, in a statement. “We deeply appreciate the brilliant work led by creator and co-showrunner Christopher Storer and co-showrunner Joanna Calo. Jeremy Allen White’s lead performance is spectacular, as are those of his co-stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas. We can’t wait to get to work on season 2.”

Added Storer and Calo on a statement: “We are so grateful to FX, our insanely talented cast, our crew who worked hard, fast, and in the dead of winter, not to mention everyone who watched. And we can’t wait to bring you all back to The Bear in 2023.

The Bear was created by Storer (Ramy, Eighth Grade), who also serves as co-showrunner, executive producer, writer and director alongside Calo (BoJack Horseman, Undone). Hiro Murai and Nate Matteson of Super Frog and Josh Senior also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.

Can. Not. Wait.

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