Netflix has extended its original series, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.” The seven new episodes ordered by the streaming giant, bring the first season’s total to 39. The first new episode will launch on Sunday, March 29, with a new one going live weekly after that.
Netflix says the “the Peabody-winning comedy show explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Each week, Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.”
“Patriot Act” premiered in October 2018 and made international headlines within weeks after Netflix opted to pull an episode that was critical of Saudi Arabia. During his show’s run, Minhaj has taken on the student loan debt crisis, immigration enforcement in the Trump era, Amazon’s plan for world domination, Indian elections, etc. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design and also received a Peabody Award last year. Hasan also won a Peabody for his Netflix comedy special “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King” and hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. He is returning to the dinner this year. The Indian American comedian is the featured entertainer, along with Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live,” who will host the annual dinner to be held in Washington, D.C., on April 25.
Netflix signed Minhaj for the talk show in March 2018, for which he exited his role as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Joining the late-night staple in 2014, he was former host Jon Stewart’s last hire for the show. “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” is executive produced by co-creators Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, who now serves as showrunner. Art & Industry’s Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman and Haven Entertainment’s Jennie Church-Cooper are executive producers.