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Super Pumped Season Two Will Follow the Powerful Relationship Between Facebook's CEO and COO

The duo was instrumental in Facebook’s rise to the top. 
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Showtime’s highly anticipated startup-focused show Super Pumped still hasn’t premiered, but it’s already getting so much buzz that a second season is in the works. Following season one’s focus on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s downfall, season two will now follow the meteoric rise of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. 

Super Pumped season one, which will drop on February 27 on Showtime, centers on the boardroom battles at Uber and Kalanick’s eventual exit from the company. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star as Kalanick in Super Pumped, which was based on a book by The New York Times journalist Mike Isaac. Season two will be based on another book by Isaac, although that is yet to be released. 

Since season two has just been announced, casting hasn’t begun. Jesse Eisenberg previously played a college-aged Mark Zuckerberg in the Oscar-winning The Social Network, and Claire Foy is slated to play Sheryl Sandberg in an upcoming HBO Biopic called Doomsday Machine, which is based on the book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. 

Season one co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien will return as showrunners alongside executive producer Beth Schacter.

With season one featuring Hollywood stars like Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler, and Uma Thurman, we can only expect another star-studded cast for season two, especially for a story that has all the makings of an Emmy nomination. 

Subtitled Sheryl & Mark, season two will focus on the leaders of Meta as they disrupted and reshaped the Internet to Facebook’s liking. Zuckerberg is known as the face and visionary of Facebook, while Sandberg is the behind-the-scenes boss responsible for Facebook’s profitability, business development, and sales operations. In short, Zuckerberg comes up with the ideas, and Sandberg makes the money. Despite having one of the most productive and powerful dynamics in the tech industry, the two also faced a number of controversies together, like the Cambridge Analytica fallout, tax avoidance, and handling of user data. 

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The Social Network only went as far as dramatizing the beginning of Facebook, but the real drama started when Facebook became a hotbed for hate speech, disinformation, and political advertising. From fake news to the metaverse, we can’t wait to watch Facebook’s story unfold in season two of Super Pumped.

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