'Claws' Renewed for Season 2 at TNT

Niecy Nash - Claws Series Premiere Trailer Still - H 2017

TNT is going back to the nail salon. 

The Turner-owned cable network has renewed rookie drama Claws for a second season. The series, which was initially developed for HBO, hails from Warner Horizon Television and will return in 2018.

The show, starring Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes and Dean Norris, ranks as basic cable's No. 4 new drama this year among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. In renewing Claws, created by Eliot Laurence and executive produced by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois, TNT noted that the drama is averaging 6.3 million gross viewers, including linear, digital, mobile and on-demand. With seven days of DVR, the show averages 1.1 million viewers in the demo. Additionally, Claws has the youngest audience of any TNT drama, a key statistic given honcho Kevin Reilly's attempt to make TNT known for bold and edgy fare instead of procedurals that previously defined the cabler like Rizzoli and Isles.

"Look out Manatee County, these ladies are coming back for more!" Sarah Aubrey, executive vp original programming at TNT, said Wednesday in a statement. "These strong-willed, hilarious women represent the diverse voices this network is all about. Claws has certainly struck a chord with audiences and continues to attract new viewers each week." 

Claws is a co-production between Warner Horizon Television and Turner's Studio T. Jones and McCormack's Le Train Train banner exec produces the series, which was developed as a single-camera half-hour when it was at HBO. Set in a South Florida nail salon, the show is described as a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness that follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous Floridian manicurists in the traditionally male world of organized crime. 

Claws joins a drama slate at TNT that includes Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, Major Crimes, The Librarians, Will and the upcoming The Alienist.