BBC America’s new series “Atlantis” is getting a second season after airing just a single episode of its first season.
The renewal comes after the debut of “Atlantis” scored a record audience for the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block. Airing after a rebroadcast of “Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary special, the Nov. 23 premiere drew 838,000 viewers, the most ever for a series premiere under the Supernatural Saturday banner.
The show also performed well in the United Kingdom, scoring the best launch for a Saturday-night drama on the BBC since 2006.
“‘Atlantis’ is off to a fantastic start and is the centerpiece of our Saturday nights for the next twelve weeks,” says Richard De Croce, head of programming at BBC America. “We’re committed to bringing our viewers even more entertaining episodes inspired by Greek mythology from [creator] Howard [Overman] and the talented team in Season 2.”
“Atlantis” centers on Jason (Jack Donnelly), a 21st-century man who suddenly finds himself in the ancient land of Atlantis, where he finds himself better suited to the times. The show’s mashup of Greek myth and history features Jason befriending and going on adventures with Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms). Jemima Rooper also stars.