Kingdom has yet to air its second season, but DirecTV is already thinking ahead to a potential fourth season. Such was the sentiment expressed today by DirecTV’s Chris Long, moderator of the Endemol Shine Studios-produced show’s TCA panel attended by series creator Byron Balasco, along with stars Frank Grillo, Keile Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker, Matt Lauria, Joanna Going, and Jessica Szhor.
After a successful, ten-episode first season, the MMA fighter drama returning for further trips to the gym was an easy call. But rather than renewing the Audience Network series for another season, specifically, DirecTV instead ordered a full twenty additional episodes. During the panel, Balasco confirmed these episodes will constitute two further ten-episode seasons, filmed back to back, rather than a longer second season. Which prompted the question, is Balasco thinking ahead to the Season Three finale as the series’ conclusion?
Before Balasco could answer, Long chimed in. Speaking for the network, he made it clear that at least for now, no one is thinking in terms of bringing Kingdom to an end. Mentioning the seasons Two and Three episodes currently in production, he said DirecTV has “confidence they’re going to be great, and that we’ll order more.” However, he was careful to make it clear this wasn’t an announcement of additional episodes. “I don’t want to make a definitive decision here in front of everyone,” long said.
Kingdom‘s second seaon premiers Wednesday, October 14 at 9 PM on Audience Network.