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Everything We Know About Season 2 of Netflix's 'Firefly Lane'

Will Kate and Tully return?

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Netflix’s soapy, time-hopping melodrama Firefly Lane ends with a series of lingering questions and a big explosion. But what’s next for Kate and Tully? Will they get an opportunity to clear things up? Or will Netflix say no to another season? Let’s break down what we know.

Has Firefly Lane been renewed for Season 2? 

Not yet. The series got decidedly mixed reviews, with some falling for the soothing Lifetime energy of this show about lifelong friends, while others excoriated it for its hokey plotlines and slow pace. It remains to be seen whether the streaming service will invest in more.

What will Season 2 of Firefly Lane be about? 

Firefly Lane fans will be left with a lot of mysteries if Netflix doesn’t give the show another go. In the finale, it appears Kate (Sarah Chalke) and Tully (Katherine Heigl) have a blowout fight in the future timeline of the series. Kate tells Tully to leave her father’s funeral, and we don’t know why they are so divided or what Tully did to earn Kate’s disdain.

“I knew that Tully and Kate were going to be estranged at the end of the season, but I didn’t know how I was going to dramatize that,” showrunner Maggie Friedman said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I knew we were working towards that signpost because I felt like a good cliffhanger for season one is: ‘Oh my God, wait, these Firefly Lane girls forever are suddenly not? What happened?’ I wanted to leave the audience with some big questions.”

One of those other questions: Does Kate’s husband Johnny survive the blast he endured while covering the Iraq War as a journalist in the 2000s section of the show? Even actor Ben Lawson doesn’t know, but he has his hopes. “I don’t know where Johnny goes from here,” he told People. “I don’t think he goes back into TV producing, something that he doesn’t love.”

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What hints does the book series provide? 

Firefly Lane is based on a book by Kristin Hannah, and, yes, there is a sequel called Fly Away. But as Marie Claire reported, the show takes major liberties with its source material. In Hannah’s initial story, Kate dies and the second instalment follows what happens after Tully starts to care for Kate’s daughter Marah.

Would the time-hopping structure say the same? 

Yes, Friedman told EW. She also hopes to get their high school years. “I think there are a lot more stories to tell, if we’re lucky enough to have a season two, of those girls going through high school and what that’s like,” she said. “They’re only in eighth grade when we leave them.” And, after all, the season ends with Tully being taken away in a cop car when her mother is arrested for selling drugs.

What members of the cast could be back? 

Well, it’s not Firefly Lane without Tully and Kate, so you have to assume that Heigl and Chalke will return. Lawson, as he expressed, wants to come back, but his fate is unclear. Friedman meanwhile was mum on whether the other men in their lives Travis (Brandon Jay McLaren) and Max (Jon-Michael Ecker) would possibly return.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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