'Impulse' Renewed for Second Season at YouTube

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YouTube wants more of Doug Liman's Impulse

The streamer has renewed the drama for a second season, it revealed Thursday onstage at Comic-Con. 

The series, which stars Maddie Hasson as rebellious teen Henry Cole who has a mysterious power, will return to YouTube's subscription video service, Premium, with 10 new episodes in 2019. YouTube said that the pilot of the show, which is available for free on the service, has received 8 million views since its June 6 debut. YouTube does not reveal viewership numbers outside of the publicly available stats for its free episodes. 

Impulse, which hails from Liman's Hypnotic and Universal Cable Productions, is based on the Jumper universe novel by Steven Gould. The novel Jumper which was the basis for Liman's 2008 film of the same name. With Impulse, he returned to the world as director and executive producer. David Bartis and Gene Klein also serve as exec producers for UCP. Lauren LeFrank is the showrunner and also an exec producer.

Joining Hasson to return for a second season are Impulse stars Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins, Enuka Okuma and Craig Arnold.

"This dramatic thriller has all of the right elements — with unexplained events and complex characters who drew us into their mysterious world right from the start," said YouTube head of original content Susanne Daniels. "We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Universal Cable Productions and the talented team at Hypnotic to create another intriguing season."

Impulse was one of the first hourlong projects to come to YouTube Premium (previously YouTube Red). It is part of a growing slate of projects commissioned under Daniels that seek to bring a broader audience to the service, in addition to the young viewers who come for videos of their favorite YouTubers. Other YouTube Premium shows include Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai and Step Up: High Water. In the works are the Jordan Peele-produced anthology Weird City, the space-set Origin and an Edge of Seventeen spinoff.