'Sneaky Pete' Renewed for Season 3 at Amazon

The drama, co-created by Bryan Cranston, hails from Sony Pictures Television and will return with Blake Masters as its third showrunner.
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'Sneaky Pete'

Amazon is keeping Sneaky Pete in business. 

The streamer on Saturday announced that it has renewed the drama co-created by Bryan Cranston for a third season. Production on season three will begin next week in Los Angeles. Blake Masters (Brotherhood, Falling Water) will take over as showrunner for Graham Yost.

New Amazon head Jennifer Salke made the announcement during her time before the press at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. While Amazon does not release viewership information, Salke touted that Sneaky Pete has been one of its better-performing series. 
 
Last year, in announcing the second-season renewal days after its series debut, Amazon said the drama starring Giovanni Ribisi as a con-man was its second-most-streamed original scripted series on its opening day. 
 
Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae will all return for season three.
 
Sneaky Pete was initially set up and filmed as a pilot for CBS, which passed on the project in 2015. Producers Sony Pictures Television then shopped it elsewhere, with Amazon coming out on top following a multiple-network bidding war. The series was created by Cranston and David Shore (House); the latter departed the project and stepped down as showrunner in the transition to Amazon, with Yost (Justified) taking over. 
 
Cranston, who recurs on the series, executive produces alongside Yost, Michael Dinner, Fred Golan and James Degus.

The Sneaky Pete renewal was one of a wave of big announcements Salke made during her time before the press. Among the news: a new female-led drama from Nicole Kidman; a two-season order for a horror anthology from exec producer Lena Waithe; a comedy pickup for Greg Daniels' Upload; and JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4) developing Amazon's big-budget Lord of the Rings TV series.