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Starz is wasting no time in securing the future of its new breakout hit P-Valley.
After airing only three episodes of the Mississippi Delta-set strip club drama, the Lionsgate-owned premium cable network has handed out a second season renewal for the series from creator Katori Hall. Season two will feature 10 episodes, up from eight from its freshman order.
Based on Hall’s Pussy Valley play, the series currently has a rare 100 percent rating among critics on aggregation site RottenTomatoes.
“P-Valley has quickly become this summer’s newest must-see television series as critics and audiences alike are taken up by the authentic and compelling characters that make the Pynk come alive,” said Starz head of originals Christina Davis. “Katori has delivered a provocative drama that looks beyond the glitz and into the hearts and minds of these fully realized and compelling characters, exploring them through a female gaze that invites the audience to take a walk in their stilettos. We know Katori has a lot of incredible stories to tell and a lot in store for these women in a second season.”
Originally put into development back in August 2016 by former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, the cabler says P-Valley has set a new record on the Starz App and ranks as its most-viewed series premiere, up 17 percent from its previous high. Viewership has increased week to week, up 27 percent from its first to third installment.
Hall previously told The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV’s Top 5 podcast that when she pitched the show to Starz, she had a five-year plan in mind for P-Valley. Hall also noted that multiple other outlets passed on the series before it ultimately landed at Starz. Listen to her interview here.
P-Valley stars Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan (who reprises his role as Uncle Clifford from Hall’s play), Shannon Thornton and J. Alphonse Nicholson. The series is produced by Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dante DiLoreto. All eight episodes of the freshman season were directed by women, including Karena Evans, who helmed the pilot.
P-Valley is part of a scripted roster at Starz that also includes Outlander, American Gods, Hightown, The Girlfriend Experience, Dangerous Liaisons, Heels, Run the World, Becoming Elizabeth, YouTube import Step Up and Shining Vale. Under CEO Jeffrey Hirsch (who replaced Albrecht), Starz is looking for more premium content and programming toward women ages 25-54. Read more of the executive’s plans for the network in THR‘s interview with him here.
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