2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
DirecTV's 'Rogue' Gets Two-Season Renewal
DirecTV is sticking with its first scripted drama, Rogue.
The satellite TV provider has renewed Rogue for a supersized third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, which stars Thandie Newton as an undercover detective searching for her son's killer, has been picked up for 20 additional episodes — double its freshman and sophomore runs — with production starting in January. The first 10 episodes will air in spring 2015 and the remaining 10 set for 2016. Cole Hauser will also return for the subesequent seasons. No further decisions have been made on if the 20 episodes will bring the series to its conclusion.
The series hails from creator Matthew Parkhill (The Caller) and producers Entertainment One in association with DirecTV. It recently wrapped its second season on the Audience Network — the same home that aired revived series Friday Night Lights and Damages.
"Viewers enthusiastically tuned-into season two and we look forward to sharing exciting new chapters in the lives of these richly drawn characters," said Chris Long, senior vp original content and production at DirecTV.
"It's an incredible achievement to have an additional 20 episodes greenlit which are already confirmed on the broadcast schedule for the next two years. This speaks to the talent involved in the show and all of our team's commitment to producing high-quality, compelling entertainment," eOne Television CEO John Morayniss said.
The renewal comes as DirecTV has been bulking up its original scripted fare with pickups for MMA drama Kingdom, comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight and Neil LaBute's Full Circle as well as recent British comedy acquisition Uncle.