'The Arrangement' Renewed for Second Season at E!

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E! is sticking with The Arrangement.

The NBCUniversal cabler has renewed the scripted drama for a 10-episode second season, it was announced Thursday.

The drama marks the network's second scripted series and joins The Royals, which was renewed in February for a fourth season.

The series, which wraps its first season on May 1, has been averaging 1.3 million viewers so far with three days of delayed viewing factored in. The drama has been performing especially strongly with women and ranks as the second biggest scripted cable launch among women 18-34 for 2017.

“As E!’s second successful foray into scripted, we are thrilled to see the show resonate with viewers and gain momentum throughout the season. Continuing to fuel our audience's passion for pop culture and celebrity, The Arrangement allows us to reveal a darker side of Hollywood that has never been seen before,” said E! Entertainment president Adam Stotsky. “Alongside our partners at Universal Cable Productions, we’re excited to watch this intriguingly unpredictable story continue to unfold in a second season."

Unlike The Royals, which is co-produced by Lionsgate, The Arrangement is produced solely in-house by UCP. UCP has benefited from the rise of scripted series at sister cable networks such as E! as well as Bravo, which recently expanded to three scripted series with the con artist series Imposters. UCP's other series include Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce and Odd Mom Out for Bravo, Suits, Mr. Robot, Colony, Playing House and Falling Water for USA, 12 Monkeys, The Magicians and Channel Zero for Syfy, as well as Difficult People for Hulu.

The Arrangement has won an audience by providing a guilty pleasure with a dash of topicality,” said NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief content officer Jeff Wachtel. “Jonathan, Josh, Christine, Michael, Lexa and the rest of the team have created the perfect cocktail of fairytale love story with a dark twist!” 

Starring Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista and Michael Vartan, the series centers on an A-list movie star (Henderson) who enters into an arranged relationship with an up-and-coming actress (Evangelista) to make her a star. Since the show was first pitched to networks, the romance at the center of the series has drawn comparisons to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. In the drama, the movie star belongs to a mysterious but controlling group called The Institute of the Higher Mind, which is run by Vartan's character that has drawn comparisons to Scientology.

However, series creator Jonathan Abrahams has repeatedly denied any such connection. "I'm not trying to grab headlines. We weren't working our way towards a couch-jumping," Abrahams told reporters in January in reference to Cruise's famed declaration of love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "It was really about how do you normalize this sort of ludicrous arrangement? The idea of this seems so crazy, but it happens."

Abrahams exec produces the series with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, Layla Smith and Gregory Lipstone of All3Media America.

The Arrangement's renewal comes as E! and the entire NBCUniversal portfolio ramps up for its annual upfront presentation to advertisers. Earlier this week, the network greenlit a new Keeping Up With the Kardashians spinoff centered on Kylie Jenner titled Life With Kylie.