Mere hours after the show’s second season launched on the channel, Sky Atlantic has picked up their Julia Stiles fronted drama series Riviera for a third season. In addition to starring, Stile will now serve as an executive producer on Riviera as of the third season. Eight episodes have been commissioned for season three.
“We are so proud of this Sky original series”, commented Zai Bennett, Director of Programming for Sky Entertainment. “We set out to make the most glamourous show in the world and now we are taking that glamour to a host of new locations which will provide even more intrigue, danger and beauty.”
Rivera tells the story of Georgina, who is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios when he is killed in a yacht explosion. She is shocked to discover the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder. Helped by Constantine’s first wife, Georgina will undergo an education in lying, double-dealing, outright theft and shocking criminality. She has to learn fast to maintain the Clios mansion and save the family from its enemies and from itself.
The drama series is produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions and stars Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas, Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox and Grégory Fitoussi. Season three will see Georgina Clios attempt to escape the devastation the Riviera has wrought on her. The new season will see the series return to the south of France and also move to Venice and Argentina.
“You’d think that there was nothing left for the Riviera to throw at Georgina but series three is our most ambitious yet”, series star and executive producer Julia Stiles said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible drama for Sky Atlantic. The chance to deliver another season of Riviera is exciting and I am grateful to our audience for coming along with us on this journey.”
While Kris Thykier – who executive produces alongside Julia Stiles, Paul McGuinness and Kara Manle – added: “The first season of Riviera was Sky’s most successful original series of all time with 20 million downloads in the UK, we hope that season two can build on this success and are thrilled to be going into production on a third series. Working with Sky has been an amazing experience and we are incredibly grateful for their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming support for the show.”