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Netflix Finally Delivers Season 2 Nod to ‘Firefly Lane’

Katherine Heigl (left) as Tully and Sarah Chalke as Kate in Netflix's 'Firefly Lane'
Katherine Heigl (left) as Tully and Sarah Chalke as Kate in Netflix's 'Firefly Lane' (Image credit: Netflix)

Count Firefly Lane as one of those high-initial-impact shows that Netflix doesn’t end up canceling before a second season.

It certainly seemed touch-and-go there for a while. 

The flashback-laden series, based on Kristin Hannah's best-selling eponymous novel, developed for TV and executive produced by show runner Maggie Friedman (Eastwick, Spellbound), and starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as very different lifelong friends, will get a second round of 10 episodes, debuting in 2022. 

Firefly Lane debuted on Netflix on Feb. 3 and garnered more than 1.3 billion minutes of U.S. streaming, according to Nielsen measurements for the week of Feb. 1-7. That was more than any other show on the four biggest U.S. subscription streaming services—Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney Plus. 

And it had some staying power--the show's first 10 episodes, posted all at once, garnered just under 1.3 billion streaming minutes for the week of Feb. 8-14, ranking it No. 1 that week, too. 

No major U.S. SVOD show has exceeded 1 billion streaming minutes in a week since.

It stayed in Nielsen's top 10 overall rankings until Netflix's similarly targeted Ginny & Georgia debuted at No. 1 on Feb. 24.  

Conspicuously, Ginny & Georgia had a first-week minutes total of under 1 billion, but it received a season 2 nod back in mid-April. 

Of course, the respective economic models of the two series might have impacted the timing of Netflix's decision-making. While Ginny & Georgia features a cast of largely journey-men and women TV actors, the Firefly Lane adaptation is on the hook to extend the established Chalk, not to mention film star Heigl.