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Netflix renewed the controversial series '13 Reasons Why' for second season

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Netflix announced Sunday that it has renewed the controversial series "13 Reasons Why" for a second season. 

The new season will consist of another 13 hour-long episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Season Two, which will debut in 2018, "picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker's death and the start of the characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery," Netflix said in a statement.

The series is based on Jay Asher's 2007 young adult novel, which revolves around the suicide of 17-year-old Hannah Baker. In the novel, Baker takes her own life and leaves behind cassette tapes for 13 people who she says contributed to her decision to commit suicide.

Netflix hasn't released any ratings information, but the show has prompted a lot discussion.

Some have criticized the drama, saying it glorifies suicide. That led Netflix to add a viewer warning card before the show's first episode. The show's website also includes information about suicide prevention and mental health issues. 

"There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series 13 Reasons Why," Netflix said in a statement. "While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversations with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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