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From The Hollywood Reporter

'Special' to End With Expanded Second Season at Netflix

Special is getting a supersized farewell.

The previously announced second season of Netflix's Emmy-nominated shortform comedy will grow from 15-minute to half-hour episodes for what will be its final round of eight episodes when it returns May 20.

"People will be surprised that Special is ending but this is just the tip!" creator, star and showrunner Ryan O'Connell tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm not finished telling stories about disability. I'm not finished telling queer stories. This is really just a beginning of a new chapter, so hang tight, baby, I'm coming!"

The semiautobiographical series, which counts Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons as an exec producer, earned four Emmy nominations in the shortform categories. The expanded episodes also afforded O'Connell the ability to open up a writers room for season two of the comedy about a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his own identity. O'Connell previously wrote and exec produced all eight episodes of season one.

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Today, the Media Access Awards, in partnership with nonprofit disability services provider Easterseals, announced the honorees of the 2021 Media Access Awards.

Founded by Norman Lear as an annual ceremony honoring those in film and TV who include characters and actors with disabilities in their work will be virtual on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET at mediaaccessawards.com, and will pay tribute to those individuals, series, and films that have redefined on-screen representation for the disability community, while advancing the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in Hollywood.

The evening’s honorees are selected by the diversity committees of their professional guilds with awards from the Casting Society of America (CSA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and Writers Guild of America (WGA).  Among the honorees....

Writers Guild of America West Evan Somers Memorial Award: Ryan O’Connell (SPECIAL)

Presented by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)



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