The basic cable network has handed out a second-season renewal for the scripted drama starring Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some). The show about an ex-surfer at loose ends who finds an unlikely community in a fraternal lodge in Long Beach will return in 2019 with 10 new episodes. The AMC Studios-produced series wraps its critically praised freshman season on Monday.
“Lodge 49 tells a funny, wise and meaningful story that immediately and deeply resonated with critics and viewers alike,” said David Madden, president of programming at AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “With a talented cast, including Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings and Sonya Cassidy, along with our strong creative team led by Jim Gavin and Peter Ocko, we are particularly proud of this series from both an AMC network and AMC Studios perspective and are looking forward to a return trip to the Lodge.”
Creator Gavin will return alongside executive producer Ocko, who serves as showrunner on the series from Paul Giamatti.
While not a ratings breakout (season one is averaging 350,000 same-day viewers), the drama has become a critical breakout for AMC. The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic Tim Goodman said Lodge 49 is a “lovely little show, wonderfully written with a deep, capable cast … and a welcome sense of quirky optimism and dark humor,” while urging viewers to “ride the wave.” The series is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 87 percent score among critics and 84 percent rating among viewers.
Lodge 49 arrives after AMC canceled Marti Noxon’s Dietland after one season. The cabler’s scripted roster also includes Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, The Son, McMafia and the upcoming The Little Drummer Girl and NOS4A2.