Is Minx renewed for season 2?
This post contains spoilers for Season 1 of Naughty.
Season 1 of Naughty, HBO Max’s new series about a ’70s feminist pornographic magazine, concluded last night, leaving us with several cliffhangers. Joyce leaves Bottom Dollar and goes solo with Naughty. Doug has willingly given up the title he hoped to bring Bottom Dollar money and prestige, and Tina, Ritchie, Bambi and the other staff are in disarray after the disastrous shooting of Issue 3 and the MEN riot. Meanwhile, Shelly and Bambi have realized they are attracted to each other, but Shelly seems to have returned to her husband. There are so many directions Season 2 could go in! But, are we going to get a second season at all? What the future holds Naughty?
Here’s every theme Season 2 could touch on, plus what we know so far about HBO Max’s plans!
‘Minx’ and the Patriarchy
Season 1 of Naughty ends with some epiphanies, with characters realizing it’s not that easy to shake off the patriarchy.
Throughout the season, we see Joyce struggle to escape the grip of more powerful people – usually men, but not always – who want to use her work for their own ends. We get a flashback to her days in a hippie commune, forced to sleep on a moldy mattress and collect eggs while the men loll about and take the good rooms for themselves. We see her as a researcher at New York Magazine, with a boss who sleeps with her and then steals her pitch so he can assign the assignment to his male writers. Joyce even begins to reconcile with her ex-boyfriend Glenn, who asks her if she wants to bring Naughty to a publishing house that he started. Joyce soon realizes, however, that Glenn is trying to exert the same control over her vision as the rest of the male editors she has worked with.
At the very end of the season finale, Joyce tells Doug that she’s tired of being trapped in the same sexist dynamic over and over again. To his surprise, Doug relinquishes control of Naughty towards her, admitting that it cannot succeed without her. This moment represents a sea change for both of them: Joyce is finally able to reach out to someone and gain the autonomy and respect he has been denied, and Doug finally realizes that his condescending attitude towards Joyce and his control over the editorial process of Minx are not acceptable. .
On top of all the logistical issues of the new arrangement – for example, will Joyce be able to publish Naughty is? What about all those lawsuits and the new anti-pornography bill in the valley? – Season 2 can continue to explore all of the changing and evolving power dynamics at Bottom Dollar and in the wider publishing world.
‘Minx’ and white feminism
Naughty Season 1 also isn’t shy about pointing out all the problems with white feminism (meaning feminism primarily by and for privileged white women), and season 2 still has plenty of ground to explore. In Episode 6’s college scene, the young feminists are mostly ridiculous (“I don’t like the implication that women are too weak to see an erect penis!”), but they make a few good points points, telling Joyce that the magazine excludes women of color and working class women.
White feminism in the series reaches another level when Joyce attends a dinner party with a friend who works at Betsy magazine. Wealthy progressives around the table talk about feminism as they are served by two women of color in housekeeper uniforms. They get philosophical about sex workers, claiming that Joyce “slums” herself working in pornography. They ignore Joyce’s insistence that the women who model for Bottom Dollar are not helpless victims who need richer women to come save them.
All this ignorance and hypocrisy is no accident. Ellen Rapoport is well aware of the problems of second-wave feminism. In an interview with Varietyshe says:
Even in [the real ‘70s] magazines, the sexism of white feminists is crazy. They literally say, “We’ll take care of ourselves first, then we’ll move on to racism.” It is surprising ! It’s like they say the inside out loud, but they had no problem with that. It was a product of its time, but quite insular and non-inclusive. So we certainly didn’t shy away from making fun of it all or bringing it to light.
Overall, season 1 sets up quite rich themes, unfortunately still too topical today. It’s exciting to think of all the places Season 2 could go.
Will we have a season 2?
So far there is no news about season 2. When Variety asked him about it, Rapoport simply said, “You’ll have to ask my corporate lords.” (Boy, that line could have come straight out of Joyce’s mouth.)
However, Naughty hit the ground running, garnering high praise from critics. The series has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviews saying that Naughty is “A workplace comedy-drama, drenched in the sunny Southern California glow of the early 1970s” and “it’s really its own blend of period comedy and social commentary. It’s quirky and addictive.(Here’s our own review, if you’re interested!)
Also, while they haven’t been given the green light yet, Rapoport and executive producer Paul Feig are both fully on board for the upcoming seasons. In an interview with ColliderFeig said that
When you edit a show and you come in and pitch it, you have to be able to pitch season 3 and season 4. Not in great detail, but to say, “Here’s where this show is going.” So, yes, we definitely know where this is going. I can’t tell you, but it’s good. It’s a very long-term story that will surprise you along the way. Ellen is so brilliant, she has it all planned out.
Additionally, Rapoport said in an interview with slashfilm that she would ideally like Naughty go for 12 seasons:
I wish it went all the way back to the 80s. I think what happened was so interesting, how the whole country took a real conservative turn with Reagan being elected president and how the women’s movement really split in two with pro-porn and anti-porn feminists. I’d also like them to go corporate and move to New York, sell “Minx” to a big conglomerate. See Doug in this position. I think it could go all the way. So what is ’72? So I do not know. 12 seasons.
In the meantime, cross your fingers that HBO does the right thing and renews it already. All 10 episodes of Season 1 are now streaming on HBO Max!
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