Ahead of a slew of new series orders, NBC is making calls on some of their bubble shows. The network has started down that path by handing out a second season renewal to their Taken prequel series for an expanded second season of sixteen episodes.
Taken was a moderate success story for NBC; averaging 7 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating in live+7 delivery. The series airs in the UK in Amazon Prime Video, who acquired Taken from NBCUniversal International Distribution in February and made episodes available to stream less than 24 hours after they aired state-side.
Several series at NBC are still waiting to hear on their fate. The network is deep in negotiations with Dick Wolf to renew his scripted shows, and despite reports to the contrary, I’m told all five (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Justice) will be back next season. Two bubble shows that are now looking good for renewals are Timeless and Trial & Error.
Taken is described as a modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films.
The ten episode drama series is based on the Liam Neeson film franchise of the same name and is set up as a co-production between EuropaCorp and NBC’s sister studio Universal Television and stars Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Alex Cary serves as writer and executive producer. Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves also executive produce. Alex Cary is exiting as showrunner ahead of season two.