European Crime Drama 'Crossing Lines' Gets Second Season
BERLIN – The European crime procedural Crossing Lines, a summer primetime series on NBC, has been greenlighted by its European backers for a second season.
German producer Tandem Communications and Ed Bernero's Bernero Productions will begin shooting season two of Crossing Lines on Sept. 22. The new season will expand from 10 to 12 episodes and will shoot on location in France, the Czech Republic, Monte Carlo and Bulgaria.
Created by Bernero, a TV procedural veteran whose credits include Criminal Minds and Third Watch, Crossing Lines follows a special police unit of the International Criminal Court that investigates serial criminals that cross over European borders.
Season two will see the return of Crossing Lines regulars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Tom Wlaschiha, Gabriella Pession and Richard Flood alongside actress Lara Rossi, who was introduced near the end of season one as a new member of the investigative team.
Season two will also feature several high-profile guest stars, among them The Matrix and Vegas actress Carrie-Anne Moss and Irish actor Ray Stevenson (Thor, Dexter).
Crossing Lines will continue to be set up as a co-production with France’s TF1 in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks.
The show has been a big international seller, with Tandem inking deals in more than 180 territories. Crossing Lines has delivered solid ratings in the European territories where it has aired, including Italy and Germany, but received a mixed response in the U.S. After starting strong, the show dipped toward the end of the first season, ending with a two-hour finale on Aug. 18 that garnered a series low 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.
The Peacock network has not yet committed to airing the second season. As with season one of Crossing Lines, the show will be completely financed out of the international market and sold into the U.S.