United Shades of America, comedian W. Kamau Bell’s docuseries exploring social issues in America through its different communities and cultures, has been renewed for an eight-episode second season, per Variety.
United Shades’ first season was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and was the most-watched cable news show in its time slot for adults between 25 and 54, the coveted advertising demographic.
Bell said of the renewal:
I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with CNN on more episodes of United Shades of America. CNN has been unbelievably supportive of me and what I am trying to do with the show. I have been amazed and at times overwhelmed to witness the effect the show has had on people. I travel a lot as stand-up comic, and everywhere I go, people ask me when we’ll be back for season two. I think now, more than ever, people realize that we need more platforms that demonstrate how to have productive, respectful, enlightening, and funny conversations. Also hoping now that we have a second season, I can finally meet Anthony Bourdain.
Amy Entelis, Executive VP for Talent and Content Development of CNN Worldwide, said:
We are beyond thrilled with the positive response United Shades of America received in its freshman season. Kamau has an unparalleled ability to use his natural curiosity and sense of humor to ignite necessary and sometimes tough conversations around race and society in this country.
With his TV show renewed and his new stand-up album Semi-Prominent Negro coming out Friday, Bell is set to have a pretty good week.
Read our recent feature about Bell’s show here, and find out the three things he learned about the KKK while making the show here.