A month after their premieres, Epix has given second-season renewals to its first two original scripted series, hourlong drama Berlin Station and half-hour dramedy Graves. Each has received a 10-episode order with production scheduled to begin in early spring.
After a couple of previous attempts, Epix entered the original series arena with series orders to its three co-owners, Paramount (Berlin Station), Lionsgate (Graves) and MGM (Get Shorty). Berlin Station and Graves were first to go into production and premiere, with the Get Shorty remake slated to debut next season. Epix has not released viewership data for Berlin Station or Graves, which were backed by a major marketing campaign and received decent (Graves) to solid (Berlin Station) reviews from critics.
“Both series are particularly timely and relevant and quickly found their place in the competitive TV landscape.” said Epix President and CEO Mark S. Greenberg.
The season one finales for both series air on Sunday, December 18.
Contemporary spy drama Berlin Station takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-famous whistleblower. The series follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), a new arrival at Berlin’s CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw leaks. Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, Rhys Ifans, Leland Orser and Tamlyn Tomita also star.
Graves follows former two-term Republican President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. His enlightenment takes place as his wife Margaret (Sela Ward), decides to pursue her own political ambitions. The series also stars Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell and Callie Hernandez.
Produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, Berlin Station is created by Olen Steinhauer who also serves as executive producer. Bradford Winters is the showrunner and an executive producer. Eric Roth and Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett from Anonymous Content and Michaël Roskam also serve as executive producers.
From Lionsgate, Graves was created by Joshua Michael Stern who also serves as showrunner and Greg Shapiro is an executive producer. Executive Producers on the first season include Keith Eisner and Eric Weinberg, with David Iserson as Supervising Producer and Bill Hill, Lisa Parsons and Abby Genwanter as producers. The series was filmed in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.