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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  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.