1:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Sneaky Pete' Renewed for Second Season at Amazon
Amazon has made a quick decision on Sneaky Pete.
The streamer has handed out an early second-season renewal to the drama co-created by Bryan Cranston, with the pickup coming less than a week after the freshman season debuted.
What's particularly interesting is that the series hails from Sony Pictures Television, the same independent studio that produced Good Girls Revolt — the period drama which Amazon famously axed a month after its launch.
Amazon, which does not release viewership information, touted that Sneaky Pete ranked as its second-most-streamed original scripted series on its opening day. In making the renewal, the streamer noted that the series had a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman called the Giovanni Ribisi con-man drama "fantastic."
The series was initially set up and filmed as a pilot for CBS, which passed on the project in 2015. SPT then shopped it elsewhere, with Amazon coming out on top following a multiple network bidding war. Created by Cranston and David Shore (House), the latter departed the series and stepped down as showrunner with Graham Yost (Justified) taking over the show.
"Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost have done a masterful job of steering the cast to fantastic performances," Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios, said Thursday in a statement. "Both the critical response and our customers’ engagement with the series are key factors in our enthusiasm to bring our audience a second season of Sneaky Pete."
Marin Ireland, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer, Shane McRae, Michael Drayer and Margo Martindale co-star on the show, which is co-produced by Amazon Studios. Cranston, who recurs on the series, executive produces alongside Yost, Michael Dinner, Fred Golan and James Degus.
Meanwhile, Amazon has yet to make a decision on the future of Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes, Fleabag, Goliath, Mozart in the Jungle and Red Oaks. Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour this month, Goliath creator David E. Kelley said a renewal for the series that earned star Billy Bob Thornton a Golden Globe was likely. Amazon's upcoming slate includes I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, The Last Tycoon and The Tick, among others.