1:58pm PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC Renews 'Better Late Than Never' for Second Season
Better Late Than Never is coming back for more.
The series has been picked up for a second season at NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project follows Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye as they travel around the world to immerse themselves in local traditions, food and communicating with the locals as they search for life-changing experiences. Over the course of the first season, the group traveled to Thailand, Japan and South Korea. All five will return for season two. A locale as yet to be named.
Better Late Than Never, whose first season ran for four episodes, ranked as the No. 1 new broadcast show this past summer, averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers.
“Like everyone else, we fell in love with all the adventures Henry, William, Terry, George and Jeff faced as they educated themselves and adapted to new customs in foreign cities,” NBC Entertainment's alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said Thursday in a statement. “This innovative format allows for unprecedented escapades that cut through the clutter and grabbed viewers' attention. We can’t wait to see what places they explore and how they adapt to their environment in season two.”
Added Winkler: "The success of season one was such a joyous surprise. I can't wait to see where Bill, Terry, George, Jeff and I will be exploring next. Anybody know where we are going? They don't tell me anything!"
Winkler exec produces Better Late Than Never with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Jason Ehrlich, Alex Katz and Tim Crescenti. Universal Television Alternative Studio produces the series in association with Storyline Entertainment, Small World IFT and CJ E&M.
The show is based on the original series Grandpa Over Flowers, which airs in China and South Korea.
Better Late Than Never is the latest alternative hit for NBC. The network's slate also includes the recently renewed American Ninja Warrior, America's Got Talent, Little Big Shots, Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, Running Wild With Bear Grylls and The Voice, which returned strong this week with new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus and won an Emmy on Sunday for best reality competition program. Next year, NBC also will premiere a new season of Celebrity Apprentice with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.