Fox Reality adds more of 'Academy'


Fox Reality Channel has ordered a second season of its unscripted series "The Academy."

The first season of the series took viewers behind the scenes for the first time to witness the grueling 18-week training process that recruits endure to become a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. During the course, they are taught self-defense and weapon training, how to deal with aggressive assailants and the intricacies of gang warfare, a process that ultimately tests the recruits' endurance. In the second season, tentatively titled "The Academy 2," the LASD staff will be back to train another class of recruits.

Scott Sternberg Prods. is returning to produce the series, with filming set to begin Nov. 12 on the recruits' first day of training -- aka Black Monday -- for a May premiere. Eleven hourlong episodes have been ordered.

"Scott and his team did a great job on the inside to bring the human stories to life, and we are happy to have them produce 'The Academy 2' with us," Fox Reality president David Lyle said. "We expect this dramatic season to surpass the last."

Added Sternberg: "The LASD has been a great partner to us, incredibly accommodating and a wonderful organization to work with."

"Academy's" first season also is airing on sister channel MyNetworkTV, but nothing has been decided at this point as to Season 2.