A drama series airing on NBC is getting a new showrunner along with a new season. The network renewed the freshman drama “Taken” for a second season, with Alex Cary, who developed the series, to exit the show.
Variety reports that season two of the hourlong show has an order for 16 episodes. Cary was an executive producer and showrunner on season one.
The search is under way for a new showrunner.
“The series serves as a prequel to the hit action film franchise of the same name that starred Liam Neeson, with ‘Vikings’ star Clive Standen taking over the role of former Green Beret Bryan Mills,” Variety notes. “After a personal tragedy leaves him badly shaken, Mills is recruited by the CIA, with each mission helping him build up the ‘very particular set of skills’ that enthralled fans of the film series.”
Filmmaker Luc Besson, who is behind the feature franchise, is a producer on the TV series.
The Futon Critic notes that “Taken” has averaged a 1.3 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49 and 7.0 million total viewers Live+7 Day figures from Nielsen Media Research, ranking No. 2 among ABC, CBS and NBC in its Monday 10 p.m. ET slot in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, total viewers and most other key measures.