Nearly two years ago, “Modern Love” premiered worldwide as an eight-episode streaming series on Prime Video. Inspired by essays from the Modern Love column, the episodes explored love in New York City in many forms, including dating with bipolar disorder and a gay couple adopting a baby girl.
The show’s second season, which will begin streaming on Aug. 13, goes international, with three episodes set in Ireland (along with five in New York).
Also new this season: One of the episodes, “Strangers on a Train,” starring Kit Harington and Lucy Boynton, was inspired not by a Modern Love essay but by one of our Tiny Love Stories. John Carney, the executive producer and showrunner, took a mere 100 words and spun it into a 30-minute romantic comedy about two young people who meet on a train from Galway to Dublin at the start of the pandemic.
Other episodes feature a widowed doctor (Minnie Driver) who can’t let go of her first husband or his car, a middle-school girl (Lulu Wilson) wrestling with sexual awakening, a soldier (Garett Hedlund) who returns from Afghanistan to face the breakup of his marriage, a young woman in Brooklyn (Dominique Fishback) who gets “friend-zoned” — for years! — by the guy (Isaac Cole Powell) she adores, a divorced couple (Tobias Menzies and Sophie Okonedo) who may find their way back to each other, and many more.
Watch the full season on Aug. 13 on Prime Video.
Directors: John Carney, John Crowley (“Brooklyn”), Marta Cunningham (“Insecure”), Jesse Peretz (“Glow”), Andrew Rannells, Celine Held and Logan George (“Topside”)
Executive producers: Todd Hoffman, Trish Hofmann, John Carney, Anthony Bregman, Caitlin Roper, Choire Sicha
Producers: Sean Fogel, Miriam Mintz, Daniel Jones, Andrew Marcus