HBO’s Head of Drama Francesca Orsi says that Euphoria season 3 may not debut until 2025 as result of WGA strike.
The second season of HBO’s Euphoria concluded more than a year ago, but fans will have to wait longer than expected for season 3.
HBO’s Head of Drama Francesca Orsi told Deadline that Euphoria season 3 is one of many shows impacted by the WGA strike and may not debut until 2025. “Euphoria is one of those that we had begun writing in tandem with post-production on Idol but at this point, we don’t have countless scripts,” Orsi said. “We can’t start shooting, so the delivery of that show — ideally in 2025 — will be determined on when we can pick back up with Sam [Levinson], who at this point is all pencils down and just finishing posts on Idol.“
Euphoria is far from the only HBO series affected by the strike, although Orsi says that it’s still “too early to tell” exactly how previously announced scheduling plans will change. “We were looking at The Last Of Us for some time in 2025,” Orsi said. “And The White Lotus was ideally looking to go in 2024 but there’s some question about timing of the strike.” She continued: “While everything at this moment is pencils down, I’m hopeful that we can come to terms sooner than later. Otherwise we will have to assess what is the end of the 24 schedule, what are the shows that are going to be delivered for 2025. At this point, those shows that I’m looking to air wouldn’t necessarily be ready if this strike last six to nine months. So yes, that’s a big question for us, but I think we’ll cross that road once we come to it.“
Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The show has become one of HBO’s most-watched series. Sam Levinson’s next series is The Idol, a drama which follows an aspiring pop idol (Lily-Rose Depp) who, after having a nervous breakdown that causes her last tour to be canceled, resolves to reclaim her title as the sexiest pop star in America and begins a complex relationship with Tedros (Abel Tesfaye), a self-help guru and the head of a contemporary cult. The series is said to rival Euphoria when it comes to shocking content, so I’d imagine that plenty will be turning out to view the series when it debuts on HBO on June 4th.