Netflix isn’t the only one doling out successful freshman dramas.
Though we’re less than two months into 2016, several new network & premium series have already been renewed for a second season. First on the docket was Showtime’s rookie hit Billions, which was renewed after a record-breaking 6.5 million caught the debut episode (beating the network’s previous record-holder, Ray Donovan, by about 400k). The network (and, clearly, its viewers—including this one)—love former Homeland star Damian Lewis, so seeing Billions renewed so early was no surprise.
HBO’s Vinyl—the Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger produced drama about a 1970’s New York music executive—was picked up for year two less than a week after the series premiere. This was despite record-low ratings for the network; although, to be fair, the two-hour debut was positioned against the season 6B premiere of The Walking Dead (not to mention, aired on Valentine’s Day), so the live numbers may not be the most accurate representation of Vinyl‘s true audience in the weeks to come.
Not to be outdone, the new-look USA Network—fueled, no doubt, by the recent critical and commercial success of last year’s Mr. Robot—has given the green-light to a year two for Carlton Cuse (Lost) and the cast of Colony. Set in the not-so-distant future, Colony explores life in LA under the rule of unseen alien invaders and a family (Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies) split between cooperation & the resistance.