HBO has renewed Westworld, Divorce and Insecure for second seasons, although all three shows may not return as part of the same lineup.
Westworld is a big bet for HBO, costing a Game of Thrones-comparable $100 million per 10-episode season, according to reports. Season two will return in either 2017 or 2018.
Westworld opened on Oct. 2 to nearly 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research’s live-plus-same-day ratings, with another 1.3 million viewers watching once HBO’s streaming on-demand services were factored in, and another 2.7 million or so when total on-demand viewers were combined. Season to date, Westworld is averaging 11.7 million total viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter, out-performing the first seasons of two other big HBO dramas, Game of Thrones and True Detective.
“We’re thrilled that the saga of Westworld will continue for another season,” co-creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said in a statement. “During the lengthy journey to the screen, our incredibly talented actors, staff and crew became a family, and we look forward to the privilege of continuing this experience with them. We’re also thankful to all of our amazing partners at HBO, WBTV and Bad Robot for their steadfast support, imagination and ambition. We simply couldn’t have made this show anywhere else.”
Westworld is based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, which became a 1973 film starring James Brolin, Yul Brenner and Richard Benjamin.
Also renewed are Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church as a couple going through an increasingly bitter separation, and Insecure, starring Issa Rae as a self-described “awkward black woman.” Divorce has averaged 4.4 million viewers, probably partly due to its Westworld lead-in, while Insecure has averaged 3.2 million viewers.
HBO was looking to the expensive Westworld — with its cast full of A-listers, including Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffery Wright — to perform well, but it also has some other big series about to premiere, including The Young Pope, starring Jude Law; Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley; and The Deuce from The Wire and Treme creator David Simon.
In other renewal news, CBS on Monday gave full season orders to The Great Indoors, starring Joel McHale and Man with a Plan, starring Matt LeBlanc, reports Variety. Both series got six additional episodes, bringing their first-season totals to a slightly shorter-than-usual 19 episodes.
CBS also has given full-season orders to three of its other new shows: Bull, MacGyver and Kevin Can Wait, all of which will go a full 22 episodes. Meanwhile, Code Black, in season two, had three episodes added to its order, bringing its season total to 16.
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[Image of Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood courtesy HBO via The Wrap]