Starz has renewed its newest drama series Da Vinci’s Demons for a second season, which is set to air in 2014. Production on season two is set to commence in Wales this May.
Created by David S. Goyer, Da Vinci’s Demons is a historical fantasy seres which tells the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it. The drama series stars Tom Riley (Monroe) as a Leonardo Da Vinci; Laura Haddock (Upstairs Downstairs) as Lucrezia Donati, the mistress of Lorenzo Medici and lover of Leonardo Da Vinci; Lara Pulver (Spooks/MI5) as Clarice Orsini, the wife of Lorenzo Medici; and Andrew Brooke (PhoneShop) as Grunwald.
The renewal of the series for a second season had been expected. Starz has a track record of renewing its original series for second runs even before a single episode has aired. This time around, the network held off on announcing a pick up until after the numbers for the series premiere came in, with the series bringing in more than 2.14 million total viewers over the course of the weekend, making it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a Starz original series, and cementing its fate. Da Vinci’s Demons will now be rolled out globally, with the series set to air on Fox International Channels’ in more than 120 countries in the next week (the series’ UK premiere is set for Friday April 19th at 10pm on FOX).
“Da Vinci’s Demons serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”
Series creator David S. Goyer commented: “I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen.”
While Executive Producer Jane Tranter added, “Da Vinci’s Demons has been a great passion project for us and it has been a privilege to work with Chris, Carmi and their terrific team at Starz, and with the creative vision of David S. Goyer. We’re excited to continue this journey for another season and to bring the genius, passion and adventure of Goyer’s Leonardo da Vinci to viewers around the world.”