Netflix bets on Shane Gillis comedy Tires with early season 2 renewal

TIRES. Shane Gillis as Shane in Episode 102 of TIRES. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024
TIRES. Shane Gillis as Shane in Episode 102 of TIRES. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024 /

Apparently, Netflix heard all of your jokes about how it cancels all of its shows and decided to renew a show before it even premiered. That's right, the Shane Gillis comedy series Tires, which makes its debut on Thursday, May 23, received an impressive show of faith from the streamer and landed an early renewal for season 2.

The renewal for Tires season 2 comes two days before the six-episode series premieres on Netflix. Fun fact: It's the first time since The Witcher season 2 that Netflix renewed a show before it even premiered (not counting two-season orders). Along with the announcement of season 2, Netflix confirmed that the new episodes would arrive in 2025, though there wasn't clarification on how many episodes would be in season 2.

I would venture to guess that Netflix will bump up the episode count up to either eight or 10 episodes, though the the streamer has recently been giving 16-episode orders to comedies and splitting up seasons into two eight-episode parts, such as with The Upshaws, That '90s Show, and the forthcoming sitcom from Leanne Morgan and Chuck Lorre.

Gillis, whose comedy special Beautiful Dogs was a hit on Netflix in 2023, self-funded Tires and sold the series to the streamer along with a deal for another stand-up special that's also set to premiere in 2025. The comedian co-created and wrote the series with Steven Gerben and John McKeever, along with starring in the leading role.

Tires also stars Gerben, Chris O’Connor, Kilah Fox, Stavros Halkias, and guest star Andrew Schulz, who are all likely to return for season 2. Because the second season will be the first made in conjunction with Netflix, there are sure to be some budget increases and new opportunities for season 2 to expand and get bigger.

There's no doubt Netflix wants Tires to become one of its staple comedies. Since it doesn't have the rights to stream The Office anymore, this could be the next best option. Now that season 2 has already been put in the works, all that's left to do it make the first season a runaway success when it premieres on May 23. The promise of more episodes should get people in the door.

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