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HBO and RAI have announced their renewal of the Italian drama series My Brilliant Friend for a third season.

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My Brilliant Friend: Gaia Girace as Lila, Margherita Mazzucco as Elena — Photo by Eduardo Castaldo/HBO

Based on the third book in Elena Ferrante’s quadrilogy, My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay continues the story of Elena Greco (Margherita Mazzucco) and the most important friend in her life, Raffaella Cerullo (Gaia Girace), whom she has called Lila since the two met in the first year of primary school in 1950.

Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — both her best friend and her worst enemy.

The eight-episode second season, My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name, based on Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name, follows Elena and Lila’s journey into adulthood as they weather romance, heartbreak, success, and betrayal. The finale airs this Monday, May 4, at 10 PM ET/PT, on HBO.

Created by Saverio Costanzo (In Treatment), My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay is a production of The Apartment, Wildside, and Fandango, in collaboration with Rai Fiction and HBO Entertainment, and in co-production with Mowe and Umedia.

Producing for Fremantle’s The Apartment and Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, with Domenico Procacci producing for Fandango. The story and screenplays are by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo (Human Capital), Laura Paolucci (Gomorrah), and Saverio Costanzo. Paolo Sorrentino and Jennifer Schuur are the executive producers.

Stay tuned for updates.


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My Brilliant Friend: HBO and RAI Renew Italian Drama for Third Season
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