After just one episode (albeit one that helped set a record), Starz has greenlit a second season of its original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” We guess genius like Da Vinci’s really can’t be contained!
From the Press Release:
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced a second season order for the Starz Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons” following its recent record-setting first season weekend debut on Friday, April 12. The historical fantasy created by David S. Goyer and produced by Adjacent Productions follows the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. More than 2.14 million total viewers tuned in opening weekend to “Da Vinci’s Demons,” making it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a Starz Original series.
Production of Season Two of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is expected to begin in Wales in May 2013, with an on-air return expected on Starz in 2014.
“’Da Vinci’s Demons’ serves up action, adventure, and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” said Albrecht. “The first season premiered to strong audience engagement, and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”
“I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo, and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen,” said Goyer.
Jane Tranter, Executive Producer of “Da Vinci’s Demons” and Head of Adjacent Productions, commented, “’Da Vinci’s Demons’ has been a great passion project for us, and it has been a privilege to work with Chris, Carmi, and their terrific team at Starz and with the creative vision of David S. Goyer. We’re excited to continue this journey for another season and to bring the genius, passion, and adventure of Goyer’s Leonardo da Vinci to viewers around the world.”
Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. Fox International Channels (FIC) acquired the first season of the series and premiered it to audiences in 120 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S. on April 12th.
Brilliant and passionate, 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer, and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future but invent it.
“Da Vinci’s Demons” stars Tom Riley, who has received wide critical acclaim in the UK for his performances in theater, film, and on television and was nominated by the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in the 2011 Tony® Award nominated Broadway play “Arcadia.” Riley’s co-stars include Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, “Honest,” Captain America: The First Avenger), who plays the celebrated beauty Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan (“Marchlands,” “The Fixer,” “Lost in Austen”), who plays the shrewd de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver (“True Blood,” “Sherlock,” “Robin Hood”), who plays his wife, Clarice Orsini; and Blake Ritson (Serena, “Upstairs Downstairs”), who plays the ruthless and unwavering Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.
Goyer, who serves as showrunner and directed the first two episodes of the first season, is co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and screenwriter of the highly anticipated Man of Steel premiering June 2013. Julie Gardner is Executive Producer along with Adjacent Productions’ Head Jane Tranter. Tranter and Gardner have been responsible for a plethora of titles in their careers, including “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Little Dorrit,” “Bleak House,” “Girl in a Café,” “Ashes to Ashes,” and “State of Play.”
“Da Vinci’s Demons” airs Friday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Starz.
Episode 1.02 – “The Serpent” (4/19/13 air date):
Leonardo continues his quest for the Book of Leaves. The Pope’s nephew arrives and meets his spy. Leonardo’s war designs fail, causing a rift with the Medicis. The Pope learns of Leonardo’s prowess
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