This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Vicious Season 3 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. Unfortunately, PBS has officially canceled the series. There will be no Season 3.
Storyline and cast
Vicious is a British television sitcom created by Gary Janetti (Family Guy) and staring Ian McKellen (X-Men) and Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax) – two of Britain’s leading comedy masters. Broadcast by ITV in Great Britain and PBS in the United States, the series first premiered on April 29, 2013 and has had a successful two season run.
Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Jacobi) are an elderly gay couple who live together in a flat they’ve shared for nearly 50 years. Freddie is an over-the-hill mediocre actor, with nothing but small parts to include in his portfolio, and whose career is nearly over. Stuart is a former bar manager whose main concern in life has become to take care of Freddie and their aged dog Balthazar.
Vicious is old-school comedy made fresh again by a stellar cast. Its deliberate old fashioned style is part of the joke and has been compared to such classics as I Love Lucy and The Odd Couple. Much like in the American classics, Freddie and Stuart constantly embark on humorous mishaps, hideous break-ups and heart-warming make-ups.
The six-episode season 2 premiered on PBS on August 23, 2015. McKellen and Jacobi continue to play characters that the viewer wouldn’t normally see in a standard sitcom. Despite the constant bickering, sarcastic remarks aimed at the other’s appearances, age and status, Freddie and Stuart have a deep love for each other and their friends.
While ITV has not yet announced official dates for the release of another season, the series creator Gary Janetti suggests that from a creative standpoint, there are no plans to end the show after the current season. Shortly after the premiere of the second season actor Sir Ian McKellen stated that he’s ready to begin working on season 3.
Updated December 26, 2015: There will not be a third season of this entertaining old-fashioned British sitcom. The stellar cast was absolutely delightful, and the network is not planning to end the series abruptly, but, rather, decided to air a one-off special in the early 2016. The special will feature all the main cast and will give the audience a glimpse of what it will be missing with the cancellation of the show.