First Look at Julia Season 2! – TRAILER & PHOTOS

Julia Sets Season 2 Premiere Date at Max

Julia Child will be cooking up dinner ahead of Thanksgiving. Season 2 of the Max comedy Julia is slated to premiere Thursday, Nov. 16, with its first three episodes, Glamour reports. The eight-episode season will continue to unspool with one installment weekly until the finale on Thursday, Dec. 21.


In the second season — whose first three episodes will be set in Paris and the French Riviera — “Julia grapples with her rising fame and celebrity,” per the official synopsis. “After spending some much needed time in France while preparing for her second season [of The French Chef], Julia visits a wide variety of renowned restaurants and chefs across both the South of France and the U.S in Washington D.C. and of course, Boston. Social issues prevalent in today’s social landscape are mirrored in Julia’s journey as she and her team spearhead female-driven public television.”


Julia stars Sarah Lancashire as the acclaimed chef and David Hyde Pierce as her husband, Paul.

Rounding out the cast are Pierce’s onetime Frasier co-star Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott and Robert Joy.

As previously reported, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star/creator Rachel Bloom will join the series in Season 2 in the recurring role of Elaine Levitch, “a dynamo who comes to WGBH by way of CBS to work with Julia on The French Chef.” Stockard Channing (The West Wing) and Craig Bierko (UnREAL) will also appear early in the season, Glamour reports, while returning guest stars include Judith Light, Isabella Rossellini, Tosin Morohunfola and Christian Clemenson.


Julia Season 2 will debut with three episodes on Thursday, November 16 on Max, followed by one episode weekly through December 21. 

Food Stylist Goes Behind the Scenes: ‘Everyone Gains 10 Pounds!’

Julia returns to Max on November 16 with its second season, and the titular character’s (Sarah Lancashire) trailblazing cooking show is and running on the air. Read on for a peek behind the scenes.


Christine Tobin

What She Does

The food stylist with 30 years’ experience says she has enough Julia Child cookbooks to open her own library. And they come in handy for her job re-creating every dish the French Chef serves up on the comedic series. “I learned that [the recipes] were actually quite simple — Even the most elaborate or ambitious dishes, the way she writes them and approaches them is for the home cook,” says Tobin. “Although I’ve worked with food for 30 years, I’m instinctual with cooking and baking, but I’ve grown up following her recipes from an early age and they’re always foolproof.”

But as easy as that sounds, one vital personal ingredient is paramount. “You have to have the time and the patience and just the understanding that even if it doesn’t come out perfect, just like with her, there’s some happy accidents that can happen!” says Tobin.

In Season 2…

Cast and crew traveled to south-of-France locations like Valbonne and Antibes for the first two episodes and the third episode in Paris. During the episodes in the France countryside, Julia experiments with new dishes and butts heads with her jealous cookbook coauthor Simca Beck (Isabella Rossellini). But were there too many cooks in the kitchen? “There’s a lot more people handling food together than just Julia, or with her husband, Paul [David Hyde Pierce],” says Tobin. “It’s like gaggles of people are cooking together, tasting together, passing to one another. Compared to Season 1, it was a lot more planning, choreography and coaching of those [shots].”

Behind the Scenes

Tobin says shooting those cooking moments takes planning “so everyone knows what the sequence of the recipe is in preparation.” And for the sea bass pastry dish Loup en Croûte, which Julia attempts in the season premiere, Tobin made over 20 of them. However, one needed to be less than perfect when Julia’s first try fails. “It’s amazing how much more difficult it is as a food stylist to make something look ugly!” Tobin stresses the food in the show gets a lot of attention before filming commences. “There’s nothing that is put in front of the camera that hasn’t been looked at from the directors or the writers, the actors to participate or engage in it. There’s coaching that goes into it. So the ugly one, you can’t do multiple of them just because, but that was a really fun day. I like the ugly one!”

Gotta Love It!

Don’t worry that any food goes to waste; hungry cast and crew are always nearby. “Everyone gains 10 pounds when we’re shooting Julia,” says Tobin, laughing.

‘Julia’ Bosses Talk Chef’s Fame, Power & More in Season 2

This scrumptious drama traces Julia Child’s emergence as culinary television trailblazer, but in the second season, the ebulliently eccentric chef (Sarah Lancashire), with the inimitable, octave-spanning warble, still struggles with the torrent of transformations unfolding in the socially turbulent 1960s.

“Julia’s a path breaker and represents the entrepreneurial woman, but she’s also a product of her time. We wanted to capture those contradictions,” says Julia showrunner Chris Keyser. He adds that Julia learns “you can’t stand still” as the winds of change blow. Indeed, Season 2 finds each of the characters facing “the comedy and the drama of finding yourself running headlong into a world that you don’t fully understand anymore.”

On the heels of The French Chef becoming a cultural sensation for once-sleepy Boston public television station WGBH, Julia and husband Paul (David Hyde Pierce) head to France for the summer, where she and Simca Beck (Isabella Rossellini) develop recipes for the follow-up to their blockbuster cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

While Julia believes they need to embrace nouvelle cuisine, the tradition-bound Simca is resistant. In the first episode, they attempt to recreate aLoup on Croûte (juicy sea bass encased in a buttery puff pastry) that they ate during a visit to Paul Bocuse’s game-changing restaurant. The results are less than spectacular.

“Julia and Simca fight and love each other like sisters,” Keyser says. “But Julia’s now famous, and it becomes difficult to change [their] interpersonal dynamic.”

To ease their tension, they throw a freewheeling dinner party at Simca’s charming country house, with guests including Julia’s powerhouse Knopf book editor Judith Jones (the charismatic Fiona Glascott), acclaimed chef James Beard (Christian Clemenson). And suave Belgian troubadour Jacques Brel (Oli Higginson), who attempts to woo the married Judith.

“We let our imaginations run wild with some of that, but there’s a kernel of truth,” shares Keyser. “There were famous dinner parties that Simca put together with some remarkable people.”

Back in Boston, Julia’s best friend Avis DeVoto (Bebe Neuwirth) has an intriguing new boyfriend (Danny Burstein). But when things heat up, she flees on a trip to Paris to rendezvous with Julia.

WGBH president Hunter Fox (Robert Joy) faces mounting pressure from the bean-counters to create more hits like The French Chef and instructs his staff. Including producers Russ Morash (Fran Kranz) and Alice Naman (Brittany Bradford), to come up with fresh ideas.

“No one had these expectations for public television before,” says creator Daniel Goldfarb. “Hunter thinks he’s going to be congratulated for the success of the show, and all of a sudden, his boss is like, ‘Why aren’t your other shows as good?’ The French Chef raised the bar, and that shakes everything up.”

When Julia returns to Boston to start filming Season 2, she discovers that WGBH wants to capitalize on the show’s success with some crass commercialization. “And she’s really not comfortable with it.reveals Goldfarb. Then she finds herself being secretly courted by executives at CBS, and their pitch is tantalizing. Plus, there’s a dynamic new female director Elaine (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom), who wows the staff but fails to connect with the star.

At the beginning, Julia represents a full-throated approval of the idea that the more things change, the better things can be,” Keyser says, “and then she finds out the limitations of her ability to change. Her life story is the embrace of many things that for some time she struggled with.” Still, her droll, cheeky humor, and can-do disposition is always on display. Adds Goldfarb, “Julia’s a woman of a certain age with a certain amount of power, and she has to figure out how best to use it.” Bon appetit!


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