12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Ransom' Renewed for Season 3 at CBS
CBS is sticking with Ransom.
The U.S. broadcaster will continue with the imported series for a third season as Canadian outlet Global has also picked up the drama starring Luke Roberts for another cycle.
The Ransom renewal comes as CBS continues to support original programming on typically little-watched Saturdays. Season two of the show, created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz, averaged 2.4 million viewers during its April-June run on the network.
The 13-episode third season will resume production in October for a premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S.
The show is produced by Entertainment One, Big Light Productions, Sienna Films, Wildcats Production and Corus Entertainment. eOne serves as the distributor.
Ransom is a low-cost imported series, which helps CBS afford to air the drama on a night that does not come with lofty ratings expectations.
Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. Roberts stars as expert hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont, whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor co-star.