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Hulu asks for more of addictive cult-thriller The Path

Hulu has already given the green light to a second season of its new original series The Path, which stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Source Code.)

The show follows a man (Paul) who starts to have second thoughts about his life as part of a religious cult. The 10th and final episode of its inaugural season will air May 25. The show debuted on the streaming site at the end of March with the first two episodes, followed by a new episode each week thereafter.

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Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) rounds out the stellar main cast as Cal Roberts, the unofficial “leader” of the Meyerist Movement, which follows the fictional Meyerism religion. Monaghan’s character, Sarah Lane, was born into the movement, while Paul’s character, Sarah’s husband, Eddie, is Meyerism convert who’s starting to question its beliefs. Also featured in recurring roles are Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, Californication), and Max Ehrich (Under the Dome).

It’s easy to see the parallels between the show’s premise and Hollywood darling religion Scientology. The latest controversy surrounding Scientology, including the recent defection of actress Leah Remini and the father of David Miscavige, the movement’s leader, likely contributed to interest in the storyline. Metacritic reports a generally favorable reception for the show thus far, with a score of 70 based on 33 reviews; and RottenTomatoes scores it at an 80 percent (86 percent for audience score.)

The Path was created by Jessica Goldberg (Parenthood), who also serves as executive producer alongside Jason Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack Productions.

Hulu is revealing its full 2016-17 programming lineup at its upfront presentation, which will be held in New York City today.

There’s no word yet on when season two of The Path will be available.