Starz has announced that period drama Da Vinci’s Demons has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2014 with production beginning in May. The show had a record-setting premiere this past Friday for the network, garnering more than 2.14 million total viewers during its opening weekend; that makes it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a Starz Original series. Its second season renewal comes a bit later than the previous two Starz premieres (Boss, Magic City), both of which were picked up for another season before their first episode had aired.
“Da Vinci’s Demons serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz Chief Executive Officer. “The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”
“I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen,” said Goyer.
Jane Tranter, Executive Producer of Da Vinci’s Demons and Head of Adjacent Productions, commented, “Da Vinci’s Demons has been a great passion project for us and it has been a privilege to work with Chris, Carmi and their terrific team at Starz, and with the creative vision of David S. Goyer. We’re excited to continue this journey for another season and to bring the genius, passion and adventure of Goyer’s Leonardo da Vinci to viewers around the world.”
Starring Tom Riley, Da Vinci’s Demons follows the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. The show also features Laura Haddock, Lara Pulver, Elliott Cowan, and Blake Ritson.
Da Vinci’s Demons airs Fridays at 9:00 on Starz.
What did you think about the first episode of Da Vinci’s Demons? Will you be watching the full first season? Since the show is based on a time where not much, if anything, is known about Da Vinci’s life, where do you expect the story to go?