8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Berlin Station,' 'Graves' Renewed for Second Seasons at Epix
Epix is two for two with its scripted originals.
The cable network, a joint venture among Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM, has renewed its first two scripted series — drama Berlin Station and comedy Graves — for second seasons.
Both will return for 10-episode seasons in 2017, with production set to resume in the spring.
The renewals come five weeks into both shows' runs. Berlin Station and Graves air Sundays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT, respectively.
"We're incredibly proud of the work our creators, executive producers, cast and crew did on the first seasons of Berlin Station and Graves. These ambitious series represent the level of prestigious, cinematic and authentic storytelling we are committed to offering our subscribers," Epix president and CEO Mark S. Greenberg said Thursday in a statement. "Both series are particularly timely and relevant and quickly found their place in the competitive TV landscape. We couldn't be more excited to continue to tell these unique and compelling stories."
Spy drama Berlin Station, produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, stars Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans and Michelle Forbes and is filmed in Berlin.
"Epix is a great home for Berlin Station, and on behalf of the entire team, we are excited to bring another season to life," said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. "Audiences have found, and continue to discover, this smart series and should expect even more from our stellar creative team in season two."
Graves follows former two-term Republican President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. Sela Ward and Skylar Astin co-star on the Lionsgate TV comedy.
"With the country focused on electing a new president, we’re excited to see that viewers haven't lost their sense of humor and have embraced Graves' fictional, funny and very human past president, as brought vibrantly to life by Nick Nolte and creator Joshua Michael Stern," said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. "We are thrilled to extend our partnership for a second season and look forward to the new places Josh will take this memorable former first family next year."
Berlin Station and Graves start Epix off on a positive note in a scripted landscape that is rapidly approaching 500 originals. Next up for Epix is a reboot of Get Shorty, starring Ray Romano and Chris O'Dowd.