Cinemax’s Bruce Lee-inspired drama Warrior will fight another day.
The premium cabler has renewed the show for a second season. It’s a fairly quick pickup for the series, coming after just three episodes.
The pickup is the first for Cinemax since HBO Films president Len Amato added the channel to his purview following the departure of longtime executive Kary Antholis.
“Bruce Lee’s vision is alive and well,” said Amato. “Warrior combines high-energy martial arts with wit and brains. We’re thrilled to renew such a great show for a second season on Cinemax.”
Warrior is based on writing by martial-arts icon Lee and was created by Banshee’s Jonathan Tropper, who also executive produces with Justin Lin, Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment and Brad Kane.
Set during the Tong Wars in San Francisco in the late 1800s, the show stars Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, Kieran Bew, Dean Jagger, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones, Hoon Lee, Langley Kirkwood, Christian McKay, Perry Yung and Joe Taslim.
The series has averaged about 140,000 viewers for initial airings over its first three episodes, in line with the linear ratings for the most recent season of Strike Back. The audience for premium cable shows typically grow by several times with replays, delayed viewing and streaming.