“Special” Renewed for Season 2

Ryan O'Connell in "Special"

Special will return for a second season on the streaming giant.  

Multiple outlets confirm that Netflix has renewed the semi-autobiographical comedy, ordering an eight-episode second season. 

Special was created by Ryan O’Connell. Based on his book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, the series, penned by O’Connell who also stars in it, centers on a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants. 

O’Connell told Variety of the importance of representing disabilities on the small-screen, “I think that comedy is the greatest hope to normalize disability because people don’t know how to act, they’re really nervous around disability, and I think giving them permission to laugh it makes everyone feel more at ease. Disabled people are strong, powerful people and they need to be included in the conversation.”

Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel round out the cast.