NBC's 'Taken' Renewed for Season 2 as Alexander Cary Exits as Showrunner

'TAKEN' (NBC)

Cast: Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Curnen, James Landry Hebert, Michael Irby, Brooklyn Sudano, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jennifer Marsala, Simu Liu
Team: Alexander Cary, Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard De Vesinne, Thomas Anargyros, Alex Graves
A modern-day prequel to Luc Besson's feature of the same name that starred Liam Neeson as a retired CIA operative Bryan Mills on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The series will illustrate how a young Bryan develops his skills.

NBC is keeping Taken around for another season. 

The network has renewed the prequel to the Liam Neeson feature film for a 16-episode second season. Additionally, showrunner Alexander Cary (Homeland) has exited as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A search for a new showrunner is underway. 

One of several movie reboots of the season (see Fox's Lethal Weapon, CBS' Training Day), prequel series Taken didn't made a ton of noise on Mondays despite airing behind sturdy performer The Voice

However, the drama's status as a cost-effective co-production between Universal Television and Europa Corp., paired with strong international sales for the Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals starrer, helped land the freshman effort a second run. 

All told, the series from executive producer Luc Besson, who produced the Taken features, earned poor reviews and averaged a tepid 1.5 rating and 7.5 million viewers. 

Taken becomes only the third freshman show to earn a second season at NBC. It joins breakout This Is Us as well as Mike Schur comedy The Good Place on the network's 2017-18 broadcast schedule. 

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