CBS just issued a renewal for a drama series running on the network’s All Access service. The network is bringing back “Strange Angel” for a second season.
“We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Jack Parsons’ journey,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “‘Strange Angel’ and its talented cast and crew are the epitome of the type of programming we strive for at CBS All Access — daring, imaginative and unconventional.”
“The period drama explores the bizarre true story of Jack Parsons, a man who straddled the worlds of science and the occult, pioneering America’s rocketry program while simultaneously practicing sex magick rituals and living by the creed ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,'” CBS says in the announcement, adding: “At the conclusion of ‘Strange Angel’s’ first season, Jack and his team from Caltech make a scientific breakthrough that secures the military’s interest as the country nears the brink of war. In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.”
The entire first season of ‘Strange Angel’ is currently available to stream on CBS All Access. The cast includes Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Zack Pearlman and Keye Chen.
“Strange Angel,” created by Mark Heyman (“Black Swan,” “The Skeleton Twins”) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.
The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Mark Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are executive producers. Clayton Krueger serves as co-executive producer.