The Girlfriend Experience Anna Friel Season 2

The Girlfriend Experience to Reset in Season 2 With New Cast, Two Plotlines

The Girlfriend Experience will be a completely different experience next season.

The highly acclaimed Starz drama is hitting the reset button in Season 2, starting over with a new cast and two parallel storylines, the network announced Thursday. The new season will feature all-new characters and split its time between Washington D.C. and New Mexico, but it’ll still focus on the murky world of high-priced call girls and their rich clientele.

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) will star in the D.C. storyline as Erica Myles, the lesbian finance director of a Republican super PAC who gets entangled with a prostitute played by Billions alum Louisa Krause. Season 2’s other storyline will follow call girl Bria Jones (Carmen Ejogo) as she flees a dangerous client and hides out in New Mexico, but finds she can’t easily escape the risky life she’s built for herself.

The Girlfriend Experience‘s second season is set to run 14 episodes, and showrunners Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will divvy up the storylines, with Kerrigan handling the D.C. scenes and Seimetz the New Mexico ones. Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh returns as executive producer.

“It was always our intention to change the universe every season,” Soderbergh said in a statement. “But Amy and Lodge have cranked up the ambition, scope, and complexity of the show by creating two storylines even more provocative and confrontational than last year’s. I’m as excited as a Swedish person is allowed to get.”

Are you excited for a new-look Girlfriend Experience in Season 2? Or will you miss Riley Keough’s Golden Globe-nominated performance? Hit the comments with your take.

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49 Comments
  1. Tom says:

    I so miss Pushing Daisies. It was part of why I was so psyched about Fuller running Discovery

  2. Doug Henning says:

    I would have liked to see more of Riley .. but understand she wanted to do other things that maybe had less sex and nudity…

    • simon says:

      The show was always intended as an anthology series long before Riley Keough was even cast. Has nothing to do with whether she wanted to return – she was never supposed to.

  3. Bummer!! I loved the original cast. I’ll check out the first episode and see if it’s any good, but I’m not holding my breath.

  4. tony says:

    ms friel was one of UK tv’s first lesbian characters in a long running soap during the 90s.

  5. Clarissa says:

    I won’t watch it… what made the show popular is the story line that was portrayed by Riley Keough. Not different stories and characters

  6. Brian says:

    Pretty big shoes to fill. When you pluck someone like Riley Keough out of nowhere and she just crushes the part finding another is going to be difficult. Hopefully the new actress is up to the challenge.

    • Rk says:

      Plucked out of nowhere is a bit of a stretch. Her grandfather – Elvis Presley, her grandmother is a actress Priscilla Presley, her mom Lisa Marie is a musician/celebrity and ex wife to Michael Jackson. She was plucked from Celebrity Royalty – the nepotism trend in Hollywood and the world of modeling makes it really hard for people to get plucked out of nowhere these days.

  7. Debra says:

    I rarely watch TV but have been mesmerised by the show and watched the entire series in 2 days. It started out sexy and hot and now the drama and mystery have captured me and I don’t want it to end! Starting the finale now. Not happy that she won’t be on season 2!

  8. Cheryl Brown says:

    Won’t watch it without RILEY! WTF

  9. Riley Keough was the series and the continuity of it… I believed her performance and had sympathy for her, she made Christine real. Dont think it will work without her..

  10. Barry says:

    sorry to see Riley not starring in season 2

  11. My boyfriend, John, and I are both verrrrry avid fans of season 1 of this stellar series, and will most definitely be buying season 2 when it become available on DVD later this year. “The Girlfriend Experience” for he and I ranks right up there with “THE AFFAIR” series and also with “THE ROYALS”–two more terrific series that he and I happily and eagerly binge watch!!!
    –Joannie H. (IDAHO), age 55

  12. Sheila says:

    Won’t watch it without Riley.

  13. Niki Wms says:

    Too new of a show to change characters! I enjoyed season I, not sure if I’ll watch a totally different show with the same name…

  14. Maureen Baker says:

    I can’t believe Riley Keogh won’t be on this season! She WAS the girlfriend. This is a whole new show. Should have renamed it.

  15. Dawn says:

    Total disappointment, Riley is the key to this story.

  16. Mary Oberlee says:

    Won’t watch without riley

  17. Clare says:

    Nooooo. I loved season 1 and so upset to hear that the characters are different in season 2! Esp the main character- wtf?!. I may aswell just watch a whole new other series altogether since this will be completely different :-(

  18. Kim says:

    Please bring Riley back for another season.. she’s is so increbile and so beautiful…

  19. anne50558 says:

    I’m so disappointed Riley isn’t coming back! She’s gorgeuous and a superb actress!! She made that show! BRING BACK RILEY BRING BACK RILEY!!! LOL !!

  20. Sam and Daz says:

    So disappointed the storyline and characters are going to change. I was hooked season one, and have been avidly awaiting the return of the show, with Riley, for season two. It was basically the only reason I got Stan. Seeing that it’s going to be a completely different cast/storyline in season two just resulted in us canceling our Stan account. Epic fail by the makers.

  21. Hope there not making a classic mistake, Riley was super hot super vulnerable and she grabbed that part by the balls and owned it. Hard to replace in my opinion. Let’s hope the producers don’t turn out to be a “Penny wise Pound Foolish”

  22. Carolyn says:

    I will miss Riley Keogh and probably won’t watch it. I loved her character. Disappointing!

  23. Kei says:

    Sad to say I’m sure the show is going to be canceled because the lack of viewers for season 2. I was looking forward to the original cast and to see part 2 of season 1. Might check it out to see if it’s a go, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  24. Irene says:

    Will miss kiley!!!!

  25. Kenneth Ward says:

    Really hoping to see Riley. Saw her in Dixieland and I’ve been looking for her ever since. Disappointing but I’ll watch the second season anyway.

  26. Mel says:

    Wow here we go again every time I look up my TV shows hoping for good news I get let down why would u want to change it every season sounds misserable toe I could see if u guys added more people n more stories to it but to completely end season 1 start season 2 with new people new story line don’t seem like it’s something I’ll watch ..Thanks for the disappointing news ..

  27. Will miss Riley Keough. Her detachment from her clientele is a perfect example of how things become a ‘JOB’

  28. Michael Messer says:

    They are crazy. Changing the main character. I don’t expect the show Will last. Like any other show you fall in love with a character that is a show. I Will watch the first episode. If it doesn’t work for me then I’m done with the show

  29. Joseph d'Entremont Jr says:

    I was hoping Riley would return.
    Bummer. She made the entire series worth watching.

  30. Ross says:

    I really liked Riley she had a sexiness about her I don’t think the show will be the same without her

  31. Ivan says:

    Disappointed. Too compliated.

  32. R Rex says:

    Bring back Riley. She makes the show.

  33. Anna metropoulos says:

    Am llooking forward to season 2 either way

  34. Jan says:

    Ruined with Riley gone!

  35. yashidda Byrd says:

    not watching it!! it’s going to be a total mess dont care about the other characters, Rileyw as the Girlfriend she made the entire show. A whole new cast BOOOOOOOOOooo NOT WATCHING IT !!!

  36. Pam says:

    I probably will not watch the second season. I want to see Riley what else will she do next

  37. Amber says:

    Won’t watch. Would rather watch the original cast.

  38. Constance James says:

    I’m very concern about the new cast. I understand the vision you all had for the show, But, I loved Riley. She did an awesome job. I will however, watch the first episode, if I’m not intrigued, like I was with episode 1 last season. I will probably forget day and time it comes on. Sorry guys.

  39. cho says:

    Well, I was looking forward to season 2. I came on here looking to see when it’ll air. To my surprise it’ll be different characters and storyline. I feel like someone just poured water in my perfectly made lasagna. Not interested!

  40. The Boggie Man says:

    It’s going to be a tough one. Even though you didn’t see any penatration in the scenes with Riley Keough but you could see it in her face she could suck the skin of a dick. And with her flat ass give up plenty of pussy to hit from the front and behind. She’s not a 10 even when she’s all dolled up but she can pimp out a dress and make you want to bust a load on her face :)

  41. P beetsch says:

    I will miss Kiley!! She in herself was fascinating and intriguing. I thought there was more of her story to tell.
    Sorry, don’t particularly like the sound of seasons two plot lines. Dirsnt sound as sexy.

  42. Jennifer London says:

    I love Riley!! I’m gonna miss her!! She is greatness! Will she be making an appearance in season 2 at all?? Awesome show! Seems like there will be alittle more going on this time!! Can’t wait!!! Do we know the release date yet!?!?!?!?

  43. Sharon says:

    Keep original cast boo boo on new cast