Quelle surprise! (That means “What a surprise” in French—or Francais.) Emily in Paris, the show that both Parisians and acolytes of Lou Malnati’s love to hate, has been renewed for a second season.
“Deux is better than un. I’m freaking out and beyond thrilled (much to Sylvie’s dismay) to announce @EmilyinParis will be returning for Season 2!” show star Lily Collins wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. “Thank you guys for the love and support and I hope you’re as excited as we are!!” The post featured a video of the show’s cast—including Ashley Park (Mindy) and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (Sylvie)—looking into the camera and chicly saying “Deux” while clinking wine glasses and cracking eggs and holding up beautifully wrapped gifts. Normal stuff.
The blissfully absurd series follows a social media savant, Emily (Collins), who moves from Chicago to Paris, taking the city of lights by storm one supremely basique (not real French, but French in spirit) Instagram photo at a time. Though we’ll never know its true ratings, the breezy, bubbly series seemed to catch on with viewers, making it the latest zeitgeist-y hit for streamer.
However, the seemingly innocuous show has also stirred up a surprising amount of controversies in the brief period since it debuted. In an early episode, Emily takes a dig at Lou Malnati’s, a beloved deep-dish pizza spot in Chicago, saying the food tastes like “quiche made of cement.” Some quick thinkers at the ’za institution fired back, releasing a statement shaming the show’s writers.
“We’ve been serving Chicago’s favorite deep dish since 1971,” said Marc Malnati, the store‘s owner. “When Netflix’s Emily in Paris writers chose to take a shot at Chicagoans and our pizza to try to get a laugh, it felt heartless and not humorous in the midst of COVID-19.”
The show has also made a sworn enemy out of a number of actual Parisians, who feel Emily in Paris is crammed with stereotypes about French culture. While the show earned warm, fun reviews from many American critics, French critics were much more cutting, slamming the show for its numerous cliches.
“[In Emily in Paris] we learn that the French are ‘all bad’ (yes, yes), that they are lazy and never arrive at the office before the end of the morning, that they are flirtatious and not really attached to the concept of loyalty, that they are sexist and backward, and of course, that they have a questionable relationship with showering,” critic Charles Martin wrote in a review for French outlet Premiere. “Yes, no cliché is spared, not even the weakest.”