“Perry Mason” has been renewed for a second season by HBO, 3 weeks ahead of its finale.
Announcement of the renewal was made by Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, and it has come only after five episodes into the series. The first episode aired on 21st June.
Originally billed as a miniseries, the series has received strong ratings numbers and favorable reviews from critics and as per HBO its premiere episode has already reached, 8 million viewers.
Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner's novels. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression -- but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.
The series stars The Americans Emmy winner Rhys as Mason, with Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow rounding out the cast.
“It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind ‘Perry Mason,’” said Orsi. “Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season.”
“Perry Mason” is produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey and HBO. The husband and wife duo executive producer the series alongside Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and Timothy Van Patten, who also directs.
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