'The Handmaid's Tale' renewed for Season 4

Hulu has renewed its dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" for a fourth season.

The Emmy-winning series is based on author Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel and is set in, what the cast and writers argue, is a not-to-distant-future. In this world, the population has declined and the environment is in such a state that a group of religious extremists have overthrown parts of America to create a world where fertile women are forced into sexual servitude for the new ruling class.

Elisabeth Moss stars in the series as June, a handmaid and former happily married wife and mother, who narrates as she becomes more deeply involved in the resistance.

The series is produced by MGM Television.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is currently in its third season and airs Wednesdays on Hulu. A premiere date for Season 4 has not been announced.

The news of the renewal came during the streaming network's presentation day at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California.