FX is not ready to withdraw yet The old man†
The cable outlet has picked up a second season of the drama starring Jeff Bridges as a former CIA operative who is pulled back into the world of espionage. The extension comes with three episodes into the show’s seven-episode first season, which has delivered solid ratings so far.
Based on a Thomas Perry novel, The old man follows Dan Chase (Bridge), who left the CIA decades ago and lives off the net. When a hit man finds Chase and tries to take it out, Dan is pulled back into the life he left behind. FX’s Disney sibling 20th Television is producing the series along with The Littlefield Company (Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale†
†[Executive producers] Jonathan E. Steinberg, Dan Shotz and Warren Littlefield did a fantastic job with The old man, which delivers on the powerful intrigue and breath-taking action of Thomas Perry’s book,” said Eric Schrier, president of FX Entertainment. “The amazing cast led by Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat really connects with the audience and we are excited to be working on season two with our colleagues from 20th Television and this amazing team.”
20th TV chairman Karey Burke said: “This great series has taken a long journey to the air, making the response from critics and audiences all the sweeter over the past few weeks. But the truth is, no one has been watching it in the past three years. has worked, is amazed that it resonates so deeply.From the brilliant creative execution by Jon, Dan and Warren to the spectacular star changes of Jeff, John, Amy and Alia, this heartbreaking series delivers and we thank FX for the incredible support.”
The show’s June 16 debut brought in 975,000 viewers for its first broadcast, a strong showing in a climate where only a handful of scripted cable shows break 1 million viewers for their on-air debut. FX says that, including three days of delayed viewing, The old man is the most-watched premiere of the cable series since early 2021. It was also the top FX series on Hulu during its opening weekend.
“We couldn’t be more excited to begin the next chapter of this journey,” Steinberg, Littlefield and Shotz said in a statement. “Our partners at FX and 20th Television have shown us such unshakable patience, confidence and support to bring season one to a close that we can think of no other way to repay that support than to deliver a season two that raises the bar. raises again. On behalf of the producers, our extraordinary partner Jeff Bridges and our amazing cast led by Jeff, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat, we are incredibly grateful for the response the show has received, and can’t wait to get back to work. “
EJ Bonilla and Gbenga Akinnagbe also star in the series. Steinberg and Robert Levine are credited as creators; Steinberg executive produces with Littlefield, Shotz, Levine, Bridges, David Schiff and Jon Watts, who directed the first two episodes.