A&E takes a shine to a 'Cleaner' tomorrow


A&E Network has picked up a second season of its drama series "The Cleaner," which stars Benjamin Bratt as a real-life extreme interventionist.

"Cleaner," from CBS Paramount TV and Once a Frog Prods., will enter production shortly on 13 new episodes slated to premiere next year.

"Cleaner" marked the network's first scripted series in more than six years when it debuted in July. In its first season, the series averaged a total of 4.2 million total viewers combined over its three weekly telecasts, including 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49. In the demos, A&E said, the show doubled the performances of the network's previous two dramas, "Nero Wolfe" and "100 Centre Street."

The series' "authentic, dramatic storytelling combined with superb acting, led by an exceptional performance by Benjamin Bratt, has struck a chord with A&E viewers," A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto said.

"Cleaner" was created and is executive produced by Jonathan Prince and Robert Munic. Jay Silverman and Warren Boyd are co-executive producers. (partialdiff)