XO, Kitty season 1 was a smash hit when it dropped on Netflix back in May 2023. Now, a second season has been confirmed, and we can’t wait to see how Kitty’s story will continue!
If you’re just as excited as us about XO, Kitty season 2, you must keep reading to learn everything there is to know about it so far.
XO, Kitty season 2 latest news
- The. casting department is casting for three new characters for season 2.
- Rumor has it that XO, Kitty season 2 will start filming in April.
- The second season won't be coming to Netflix in 2024. More on that below.
- The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are over, so the cast and crew can finally get started on the second season.
- XO, Kitty season 2 was renewed for a second season in June 2023.
XO, Kitty season 2 is officially happening at Netflix
We have great news, XO, Kitty fans! On June 14, Netflix renewed the teen series for a second season! The streaming giant decided to announce the show’s renewal through its official Twitter page by sharing a cute 36-second video of some of the cast announcing the good news.
In the video, the cast is shown passing a piece of paper around until it reaches the leading star, Anna Cathcart. She turns the paper around and it says, “XO, Kitty season 2 is coming.” The video ends with Cathcart thanking the fans for helping make a second season happen by streaming the first season.
XO, Kitty season 1 managed to pull in 72.08 million hours viewed following its May 18 debut, ranking at the No. 2 spot on the English TV List. It even appeared in the Top 10 in 90 countries. On the show’s second week on Netflix (May 22-28), it accumulated 63.78 million hours viewed and remained in the top 10.
For the third week (May 29-June 4), XO, Kitty season 1 garnered 29.83 million hours viewed and once again remained in the global top 10. For the fourth week (June 5-June 11), the first season accumulated 14.46 million hours viewed. So for the show’s first month on the streamer, it pulled in a total of 180.15 million hours viewed.
We can’t wait to see XO, Kitty season 2!
Renewal status: Renewed for a second season
What is the teen series about?
XO, Kitty is a spin-off series to the popular To All the Boys film trilogy. It made Netflix history as the first Netflix original series to be spun off from a Netflix original movie.
The New York Times best-selling author Jenny Han is the creative genius behind the show. It follows the fan-favorite character from the To All the Boys movies, Kitty Song Covey, and her journey to find true love.
Her journey takes her to Seoul, South Korea, at an international boarding school called KISS. While there, she’s reunited with her long-distance boyfriend Dae, and meets a bunch of other students attending the school. Although Kitty hopes to be reconnected with Dae and learn more about her late mother’s life, things don’t quite turn out how Kitty had planned.
There is only one season of the teen series, and it’s available to stream on Netflix right now. The first season consists of 10 episodes in total with each episode being in the 20 to 30-minute range.
When could XO, Kitty season 2 start filming?
As reported by What's On Netflix, principal photography on the second season will reportedly begin sometime in April 2024 and run through to June 2024. However, it's important to mention that this is a rumored production schedule. Netflix nor the creative team behind XO, Kitty have confirmed these dates, so we'll have to take this with a grain of salt. We'll get back to you once we have confirmation that filming has officially started on the second season.
Our initial report is below.
First, the scripts have to be completed before the cameras can start rolling. Although the show was renewed back in June 2023, the writers were unable to get started on writing the scripts since the WGA strike was already ongoing. Fortunately, the writer’s strike ended in September 2023, so the writers could’ve gotten to work soon after. However, there’s no confirmation yet that Han and her team of writers have returned to the writers room.
So, what does this mean for production? Well, the good thing is that filming could start right away once the scripts are done. The SAG-AFTRA strike is over, meaning actors can get back to work shooting TV shows and films. We're keeping our fingers crossed that production will get started soon on the new episodes. Also, we’re probably looking at about three months of production before the new episodes move into post-production. That’s how long filming took for the first season.
XO, Kitty season 1 ending explained
After Kitty is expelled from KISS for secretly staying in the boys’ dorm, she packs up all her things and gets on a plane back to her home in Portland, Oregon. She doesn’t end up with any of her love interests in the season (Dae, Yuri, and Min Ho). In fact, she ends the season single.
Kitty and Dae officially break up right before she gets on her plane. After Kitty breaks up with Dae, she bumps into Yuri at the airport. As she’s about to express her feelings to Yuri, Juliana shows up and interrupts her. So, she never gets to tell Yuri that she likes her as more than a friend.
Once Kitty sits in her seat on the plane, she notices that Min Ho is sitting next to her. She tells him that she and Dae broke up and then Min Ho sees this as the perfect opportunity to express his feelings. He tells Kitty that he might be in love with her, but Kitty doesn’t say anything back.
Kitty had no idea that Min Ho had feelings for her, so this came as a surprise. But based on the slight smirk she has after Min Ho confesses his feelings, she might start to see him in a different light going forward.
Here are some other things that happened in season 1:
- Q and Florian end up together but are not on good terms. Q didn’t like that Florian cheated on his finals.
- Alex finds out that his birth parents are Principal Jina Lim and Professor Lee.
- Jina Lim and Eve Song (Kitty’s mom) were good friends when they were teens. Eve let Jina use her name at the hospital when she was pregnant with Alex to hide her pregnancy.
- Professor Lee had no idea that he had a kid until Jina tells him in episode 10.
- Kitty comes to South Korea for Dae but finds herself developing feelings for a girl (Yuri). Although Kitty doesn’t label her sexuality in the first season, series creator Jenny Han confirmed that Kitty is bisexual.
- Yuri comes out as gay to Dae, Kitty, Q, and then her mom. She and Juliana were also in a secret relationship. They end up together at the end of the first season.
- Kitty and Alex are not related.
- Kitty finds out that her mom had a previous lover named Simon before she met her dad.
What could the second season be about?
Kitty is headed back to Portland at the end of the first season. Obviously, she can’t stay in Portland forever and will eventually make her way back to Seoul, South Korea. Remember, Yuri makes a call to her mom and tells her to not expel Kitty in the season 1 finale. Since Yuri and her mom are finally on good terms, I’m sure Jina will do anything to stay in her daughter’s good graces. So, we’ll most likely see Kitty return to KISS for the next semester of school.
But how will Kitty face Yuri now that Juliana is back? She never got to tell Yuri how she felt, so it’s definitely going to be hard for her to watch Yuri and Juliana be all lovey-dovey. Will Kitty eventually tell Yuri that she likes her? Could Yuri have feelings for Kitty as well? What about Dae? Dae is Kitty’s first love, and although Kitty is more interested in Yuri at the moment, I doubt she’s completely over Dae. It’s obvious that Dae still wants to be with Kitty, so maybe he’ll try to win her back in the second season.
Kitty now knows that Min Ho has feelings for her. Will she eventually fall for him and start a relationship with him? There will definitely be drama if this does happen since Min Ho is one of Dae’s closest friends. Q and Florian have some things to work out in their relationship too since trust has been broken.
Now that the identity of Alex’s birth parents has been revealed, the second season could also explore the dynamics between Jina, Professor Lee, Alex, and Yuri. Maybe we could also learn more about the other characters’ backstories. There’s so much that can be explored in a second season. We can’t wait to see what the writers come up with.
Although the show has been renewed, an official cast list hasn’t been released yet. However, we have an idea of who could return in the second season.
Obviously, Anna Cathcart will reprise her role as Kitty Song Covey since the show is about her. Actually, pretty much all of the cast from season 1 would most likely come back for the second season.
Here’s who we believe could return in XO, Kitty season 2:
- Anna Cathcart as Kitty Song Covey
- Choi Min-young as Dae
- Anthony Keyvan as Q
- Gia Kim as Yuri
- Sang Heon Lee as Min Ho
- Peter Thurnwald as Alex
- Regan Aliyah as Juliana
- Yunjin Kim as Jina
- Michael K. Lee as Professor Lee
- Jocelyn Shelfo as Madison
- Théo Augier Bonaventure as Florian
- Lee Sung-wook as Mr. Kim (Dae’s dad)
- Lee Hyung-chul as Mr. Han (Yuri’s dad)
- Sunny Oh as Mihee
- Ryu Han-bi as Eunice
- John Corbett as Dan Covey
- Sarayu Blue as Trina
Since Anna Cathcart, Choi Min-young, Anthony Keyvan, Gia Kim, and Sang Heon Lee appear in the renewal video, they’re pretty much confirmed to be coming back for the second season.
According to What's on Netflix, the casting department is casting for three new characters this season. First, they're looking for an actor to play a character named Sophie. She's described as a Korean-American teen from Ohio who is a last-minute transfer to K.I.S.S. on an exchange program through her Korean church. I wonder if she and Kitty will get along.
Then, they're looking for an actor to play a character named Mr. Choi. He's described as a handsome but also charming narcissist who is a big talent manager funding a new arts program at K.I.S.S. Lastly, the casting department is casting for an actor to play a character named Young. He's described as queer, competitive, and a main rival to one of the show's main characters. He'll be competing to become captain of the track team in XO, Kitty season 2.
How many episodes could there be?
Since the first season had 10 episodes, our guess is that the second season will have the same amount. Netflix shows are typically given the same amount of episodes for each season. Sometimes the episode count could increase or decrease, but that doesn’t happen often. In addition, the episodes would probably be in the 20-30 minute range like the first season.
Also, the second season will most likely be rated TV-14 since the first season had this same age rating. It’s not often that Netflix shows age ratings are changed as the seasons go on.
When could XO, Kitty season 2 come to Netflix?
Well, we can rule out a 2024 release because it's been reported that XO, Kitty season 2 has been delayed until 2025. Deadline reported this sad news on Feb. 1. Another popular teen show on the delayed list was Ginny & Georgia season 3. The reason for these shows being delayed was because of the writers and actors strikes.
However, our best release prediction for XO, Kitty season 2 would be sometime in early 2025. But keep in mind that this is just our prediction, and the second season could come out later next year. We’ll definitely share the official release date once it’s announced.
Did the writers’ and actors’ strikes delay XO, Kitty season 2?
Unfortunately, yes. As we mentioned, the writers’ room for the second season was unable to work on the scripts until the strike was over. Additionally, the actors were striking as well, so even if the scripts were written, the cast wasn’t able to film. And even if the season was filmed, the cast wasn’t able to promote it without breaking any of the strike rules. Needless to say, it was a complicated situation.
The good news is that the strikes are now over and it doesn’t look like Anna Cathcart has signed on for other projects at this time, so she should be ready and available to film once the scripts are written.
Where could the second season be filmed?
We’ll most likely see the cast and crew return to South Korea to film since that’s where the show is set and where the first season was shot.
Shows like XO, Kitty on Netflix
While waiting for XO, Kitty season 2 to come to Netflix, you might as well check out some similar content to watch on the platform.
Here’s a list of some Netflix teen shows to check out:
- Boo, Bitch (TV-14)
- Never Have I Ever (TV-14)
- On My Block (TV-14)
- Ginny & Georgia (TV-14)
- Outer Banks (TV-MA)
- Atypical (TV-14)
- Elite (TV-MA)
- Sex Education (TV-MA)
- Trinkets (TV-MA)
- Heartstopper (TV-14)
- Young Royals (TV-MA)
Make sure to check this space for any new updates on XO, Kitty season 2!
FanSided Entertainment Staff contributed to this report.