Dear White People will return for the fourth season, which is its final in September 2021. Here’s the latest on everything we know so far about the final season of the Netflix comedy.
Based on Justin Simien's novel, the drama/comedy series was created. The name Dear White People was controversial enough to make it controversial. The title of the series was the focus, despite the fact that the book received a movie adaptation. The series received positive reviews despite the controversy. Many critics praised the excellent writing and satire.
Dear White People first debuted on Netflix in April 2017 with new “volumes” arriving annually with season 2 arriving in May 2018 and season 3 in August 2019.
It’s taken a significant amount of time but we finally have a release date for Dear White People season 4.
Thursday, September 22nd 2021, is the start of the fourth and last season.
Official Netflix Renewal Status - Renewed October 2019, for the last season
With no official viewing figures released by Netflix, it’s been hard to judge how the series has performed. Beyond the initial outburst of controversy, the series has been great quality-wise but hard to tell whether it’s a ratings juggernaut.
The only piece of information we’ve ever got regarding viewership was in summer 2020 where Netflix introduced a Black Lives Matter collection where the series reportedly enjoyed a boost of 700% in viewership.
Two months after the release of volume 3, Netflix announced that the series would return for its fourth season in October 2019. However, this would not be the final. As some dub it, a “recanceling”.
Justin Simien, who is the executive producer and creator of this film, said in a statement:
“I’m so grateful my little indie-that-could has made it to four seasons at Netflix. This show, along with the many talented storytellers it has brought into my orbit, has changed my life and I can’t wait to create a celebratory final volume befitting such a transformative experience.”
The coronavirus pandemic, in which the bulk of the productions were frozen to stop its spread, caused the delay in the production of the fourth season.
ProductionWeekly had reported earlier in the season that production would begin in October 2020, Los Angeles. Since production restart, it’s had to pause a couple of times (once in November due to an outbreak and a delay in restarting after the Christmas break due to high case numbers in Los Angeles).
The series was still being shot as of January 20, 211, and it is anticipated that the filming will conclude soon.
Only one cast member is known beyond the core cast (Logan Browning playing Samantha White and Brandon P Bell portraying Troy Fairbanks).
Jeremy Tardy, who played Rashid Bakr in contract disputes, will not be joining the cast. The actor stated:
“Unfortunately I will not be joining NETFLIX’s Dear White People for its fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination. After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the ‘best and final’.”
It was revealed that Karamo Brown, Queer Eye's alumnus, would play a role in the last season. Deadline however reports that details of his character are still being kept secret.
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