Perry Mason is an American period drama, set in Los Angeles of the 1930s, inspired by the novel of the same name written by Erle Stanley Gardner. It premiered on HBO, with a total of eight episodes, in June 2020. In the past, the show has aired on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the USA and the UK respectively.
The season one was a prequel to the original Perry Mason novels. Mason’s memories of world war were making him traumatized, affecting his married life. EB Jonathan, his mentor, advised to take up a high profile case of the kidnapping & murder of a kid named Charlie Dodson, to boost up his career as a private investigator.
As he dives deep into the investigation, various mysteries unfurled, making the church, business tycoon, and police all suspicious. The series showcases the 1930s of the USA, with the prevalence of racial discrimination, people’s blind faith, and how adultery was seen in that era. All of these events were portrayed in a very realistic manner, and are handled with very cautiousness.
Perry Mason Season 2 Renewal Status
There is excellent news for the series fans. HBO has officially declared that they are renewing the series for a second season, revealing this information on their official Twitter handle.
And even if they hadn’t announced it, we would have speculated that the second installment will come, considering the ratings it received on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. The series became one of the most-watched shows produced by HBO in the last two years. And just after the finale ending, fans started their petition for season 2 on Twitter.
Erle Stanley Gardner had written over 80 novels and some short stories on Perry Mason. So one thing is confirmed: there is no shortage of material for the second run. That’s why the novel has been converted into various TV shows and movies since the 1950s.
Perry Mason Season 2 Release Date
The first installment of the show premiered on June 21, 2020, so analyzing the previous release dates, it will take around at least 6-7 months for season 2 to premiere. With the novel Coronavirus pausing all the shootings in Hollywood, the release date is pretty hard to predict. (check: Teenage Bounty Hunters Season 2.)
But as the material for the second segment is not in scarcity, we are sure that as soon as this pandemic ends, the shooting will also resume for season 2. As of now, no official has revealed any information about the release date. Even if they do reveal, they have to procure necessary permissions from the authorities before resuming the shooting.
Perry Mason Season 2 Cast
As per sources, the titular character will be reprised by Matthew Rhys, considering the accolade he received from the critics for his portrayal. Alice was seen working as a waitress in the finale episode, leaving her job as a preacher. There are high chances that Tatiana Masalny will reprise her role of sister Alice in season 2.
In the finale episode Paul Drake, a black cop played by Chris Chalk left his cop job. It started working as a lead investigator in Parry Manson’s new firm. Della Street, portrayed by Juliet Rylance, was seen working as a secretary at Parry Manson’s new firm in the finale episode. So, chances of their coming back are pretty high in the next installment. Except for these, few characters like Joe Ennis, who was killed in season 1, are not going to return in season 2.
Also, mentioning a new character of Eva Griffin, played by Kristin Slaysman, was introduced just before the end of the 8th episode. The same name is also featured in Gardner’s first Perry Mason novel, “The Case Of The Velvet Claws.” So, it’s pretty sure that the character will return in season 2 with much more screen presence.
Yet, till this time none of the writers has disclosed any new information, regarding the entry of a new character in the series. (check: Netflix’s 3% Season 5 Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot and Everything About The Series (So Far).)
Perry Mason Season 2 Plot
As evident with the entry of Eva Griffin, the next season is surely going to be based on Gardner’s novel named “The Case Of The Velvet Claws.” The writers might make a little change in the story. Still, the major storyline will continue to remain from the original novel.
In the finale, Alice met Parry at a restaurant where she is working as a waitress. They then bond over their loneliness, so a romantic angle between Alice and Parry might be seen in season 2.
Della Street also started working at Perry’s firm as his secretary. In the future, he is going to turn as equal partners in the firm, as written in the novel. Paul Drake is going to make his mark as a proficient investigator in LA, becoming one of the first colored people to achieve such feet.
Other than all these, no new update has been received from the producers or writers of the show.