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Westworld renewed for second season


Story by Jack Foley

HBO’S Westworld has been renewed for a second season.

The premium cable network has confirmed that the Jonathan Nolan drama will return for a second season of 10 episodes to air in either autumn 2017 or sometime in 2018.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter: “Westworld is such a big, ambitious show. I don’t know if it will be fall of 2017 or into ’18.

“That will depend as we get up and running. With Westworld, because the production is such a big endeavour, I don’t exactly know when [it will premiere] yet. I can’t speculate other than to say it’ll either be ’17 or ’18. Probably more like ’18.”

Bloys went on to reveal that its two new half hour dramas Insecure and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce have also been renewed, most probably to be aired in 2017.

“But we’re a year away so let’s see how it goes,” he added.

Westworld is a critically-acclaimed and star-studded sci-fi Western about a futuristic amusement park where visitors live out their wildest fantasies in a world populated by robots.

Its opening episode drew an estimated six million viewers in the US alone, while the premiere also delivered Sky Atlantic its biggest debut in the UK.

Season to date, Westworld is averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million total viewers — beating Game of Thrones and True Detective during their comparable first-season runs.

Welcoming the decision to renew, co-creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said in a statement: “We’re thrilled that the saga of Westworld will continue for another season. During the lengthy journey to the screen, our incredibly talented actors, staff and crew became a family, and we look forward to the privilege of continuing this experience with them.

“We’re also thankful to all of our amazing partners at HBO, WBTV and Bad Robot for their steadfast support, imagination and ambition. We simply couldn’t have made this show anywhere else.”

Related: Read our review of the first episode

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