PROVINCETOWN — Will the Starz TV series “Hightown” continue with a third season?
With the end of the crime drama’s second season Dec. 26, there is no word yet if the film company will land in Provincetown for a third time.
In theory, Season Two ended with enough loose ends — and new beginnings — to make for another round for the Provincetown-based fictional series.
No spoilers here, though.
Many asking for third season
Many fans are asking for another season but getting no clues, based on Twitter comments. The Hightown Fanz private group on Facebook has 528 members.
At least one viewer is not asking for more, though.
Season 2 of‘Hightown’ puts Provincetown back on screen
“Aside from the horrible writing and story line, I feel the whole thing should have ended with the first season,” Provincetown resident and restaurant manager Dan Yenrug said in a message to the Banner after Season Two ended. “Granted being a ‘fictional’ show I feel it paints a really bad yet close-to-home look of the Provincetown we know. Frankly I think anyone who resides in Provincetown should not have had to pay for a Starz subscription to view it. In my honest opinion they should have paid us to watch it.”
Town officials haven’t heard a peep about a third season.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Provincetown Tourism Director Anthony Fuccillo said after the Dec. 26 ending.
No permits at tourism office
Typically, a film company would give town officials notice at least a few months ahead that filming is planned and that permits will likely be needed, Fuccillo said. With the “Hightown” series, the contact would likely come from the same group of producers and film company representatives that contacted the town for the 2019 and 2020 filming, he said.
Although on-site filming occurred in Provincetown and other Cape Cod locations, including the Bourne Bridge in November 2020, the primary filming for Season One was on Long Island and for Season Two in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The series was created by Rebecca Cutter, a Massachusetts native who’s been a regular summer visitor to Cape Cod for years, and who married a Brewster resident. Cutter made Provincetown the central setting for the show, in part due to the town’s dual personalities — in-season and off-season. In her previous off-season visits, Cutter saw a quieter and, what she found to be, an often more troubled, non-vacation world that intrigued her.
Provincetown’s winter vibe
“Coming there in the winter was a really different thing,” Cutter said in a 2020 interview with the Cape Cod Times. “Especially Provincetown, it’s so packed, people are walking in the streets (in the summer). Then you go in February and there are no restaurants even open, it feels like a totally different place.”
Also picking up on the town’s off-season quiet was the first half of Season 10 of the FX Networks TV series “American Horror Story,” entitled “Red Tide.” Some filming of “Red Tide” was also in Provincetown, which in the summer is a long-standing destination for LGBTQ tourists.
Season One of “Hightown” kicked off May 17, 2020, with government marine fisheries officer Jackie Quiñones finding a dead woman washed up on the Provincetown shore during Carnival weekend. Jackie, played by Monica Raymund, is a Latina lesbian and addict, on a journey of “sort of being in the dark and coming as close to the light as she can. Really struggling with her inner demons and trying to find purpose and self-worth,” Raymund said in a 2020 interview with the Times.
In Season One, Jackie’s push to figure out what happened to the dead woman leads her to seek recovery from addiction — and puts her in the path of Ray Abruzzo, played by James Badge Dale, a detective with a drug task force trying to solve the crime. With a Cape Cod backdrop, the story of a drug-fueled world unfolds with a kingpin dealer, a stripper, the dealer’s brutal enforcer, a recovering addict and a fisherman trying to create a family life.
‘That’s a wrap’
As Season Two starts, Jackie has become a police officer as a wave of carfentanil, a deadly opioid, washes over the Cape. She is determined to bring down a dealer who she believes is responsible for her friend’s death, and she gets a new partner, Leslie, played by Tonya Glanz, the only other woman on the force.
In a tweet Dec. 27, Cutter set her sights on Cape Cod but said little to nothing about a third season. In 2020, after creating “Hightown” for Starz, she signed a multiyear deal with Lionsgate Television, which owns the Starz network.
“And that’s a wrap on #Hightown season 2! Thank you to the BEST FANS in the world, see you on the Cape!”, Cutter posted.