DirecTV has handed a 20 episode/two season renewal to freshman drama Kingdom, TVWise has learned.
The show, which premiered only two weeks ago on the company’s Audience Network, hails from series creator Byron Belasco & Endemol Studios and stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Alvey Kulina, a Mixed Martial Arts legend and owner of Navy St. MMA gym in Venice, California. The series also stars Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas and Joanna Going.
“DirecTV could not be more thrilled by the response that last week’s premiere of Kingdom elicited from both critics and our viewers,” said Chris Long, DirecTV’s Senior Vice-President of Original Content Production. “The series very clearly resonated with DirecTV’s subscribers, and we eagerly anticipate sharing these additional 20 episodes with them and further exploring the compelling world that Byron Balasco has created.”
The quick renewal for Kingdom is a strong vote of confidence from DirecTV. It follows a similar two-season pick up for their established scripted series Rogue and comes mere days after Endemol was shopping the series at MIPCOM in Cannes, France – where the show is understood to have sparked strong interest from several international broadcasters. The second season of Kingdom will air in 2015, while the third will follow in 2016.