A drama series that is a sequel to a classic horror film is getting what appears to be a significant upgrade, with an increase in its episode order along with a channel switch.
“Damien,” a sequel to the 1976 movie “The Omen,” is moving to A&E Network from Lifetime, and is being upgraded to a 10-episode order, up from its original six-episode straight-to-series order.
Announcing the moves was Rob Sharenow, who is executive vice president and general manager for both A&E and Lifetime.
Said Sharenow: “A&E’s unwavering commitment to high quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan-base for our hit series ‘Bates Motel,’ which so perfectly aligns with ‘Damien,’ make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show. We are thrilled with what we’ve seen so far and know that [executive producer] Glen [Mazzara] and the creative team have even more story to tell in season one.”
The show, which stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn (“Merlin,” “Homeland”), along with Oscar nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon A Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (“House of Lies”), is currently in production in Toronto.