‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ renewed for season 4 at Hulu

Offred and co. are coming back for more.

Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a fourth outing. The news comes with three episodes of the third season still to air. “Handmaid’s” has become a signature original series for Hulu, which claims that it is the most watched show, original or acquired, on the streaming service.

The series picked up a hatful of Emmys in its opening season, including one for drama series, one for lead actress Elisabeth Moss and one for supporting actress Ann Dowd. At last year’s ceremony, the series came home with three Emmys. A trio of episodes from season 2 are eligible at this year’s Emmys and picked up nominations in 10 different categories, while the entirety of season 3 will compete at the 2020 edition.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, “The Handmaid’s Tale” follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Moss stars with Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O.T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, and Samira Wiley. The show is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman, John Weber, Sheila Hockin, Frank Siracusa and Moss. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is produced by MGM Television.

In her review of season 3, Variety critic Caroline Framke deemed that the show “is stuck in a repetitive loop, both by design and accident,” as it chooses to “hammer home its greatest hits to the detriment of the possible new avenues it could explore.” While Framke said that it “occasionally” still “hits a worthy, specific nerve,” overall the third season suffers from “zooming too far out.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: The cast of "The Handmaid's Tale" attend the premiere of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" Season 2 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Hulu)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The Cast of 'The Handmaids Tale', recipients of the Best Drama Series award, pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The cast of 'The Handmaids Tale' poses with the award for Best Drama Series in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Cast and crew of 'The Handmaid's Tale', winners of Best Drama Series, attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The cast of 'The Handmaids Tale' poses with the award for Best Drama Series in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The Cast and Crew of 'The Handmaids Tale', recipients of the Best Drama Series award, pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale' pose with the trophy for Best Television Series - Drama during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elisabeth Moss and the cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale pose in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elisabeth Moss and the cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale pose in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: The cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale' pose with their awards for Outstanding Drama Series at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Cast and crew of 'The Handmaid's Tale' accept the Outstanding Drama Series award onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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