Hulu confirmed a Wednesday, June 15th premiere date for acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale, with three episodes released the first week following by one each successive week.
This move firmly pushes The Handmaid’s Tale into the next Emmy cycle, as the deadline for the 2019 Emmys remains May 31st. Aside from giving their critical and commercial darling enough time to steady itself following a poorly received second season finale, Hulu has gotten The Handmaid’s Tale away from the final season of Game of Thrones, which is slated to dominate the awards circuit over the next year. Granted, Handmaid’s is now up against the likes of fellow 2019 Emmy skippers Big Little Lies season two and Westworld season three, but that’s preferable to facing an Emmy behemoth in its last year of eligibility.
Set to feature 13 episodes, season three of The Handmaid’s Tale will follow June’s resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds.
The series, which leads a scripted slate for Hulu that includes Future Man, Runaways, and PEN15, stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers), O-T Fagbenle (Looking), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Samira Wiley (You’re the Worst), and Bradley Whitford (Transparent).
You can check out the season three teaser that aired during the Super Bowl below.