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The network has renewed the prequel to the Liam Neeson feature film for a 16-episode second season. Additionally, showrunner Alexander Cary (Homeland) has exited as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A search for a new showrunner is underway.
One of several movie reboots of the season (see Fox’s Lethal Weapon, CBS’ Training Day), prequel series Taken didn’t made a ton of noise on Mondays despite airing behind sturdy performer The Voice.
However, the drama’s status as a cost-effective co-production between Universal Television and Europa Corp., paired with strong international sales for the Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals starrer, helped land the freshman effort a second run.
All told, the series from executive producer Luc Besson, who produced the Taken features, earned poor reviews and averaged a tepid 1.5 rating and 7.5 million viewers.
Taken becomes only the third freshman show to earn a second season at NBC. It joins breakout This Is Us as well as Mike Schur comedy The Good Place on the network’s 2017-18 broadcast schedule.
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