WGN America announced today that the Mennonite crime drama Pure is getting a second season ahead of its Season 1 debut in early 2019. The series stars Ryan Robbins (Arrow, The Killing)  and Alex Paxton-Beesley (The Strain).

The acquisition of Pure seems to go in line with the network’s new model of relying on imported dramas after it exited the high-end original drama arena.

Inspired by true events, the series goes deep inside a closed, secretive subculture through the eyes of Noah Funk (Robbins), a conflicted, good-hearted man trying to protect his family and preserve his faith. Noah is a newly elected Mennonite pastor, who is determined to rid his community of the scourge of drugs and its ties to a trans-border smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels. Just when he thinks he’s won, Noah and his wife Anna (Paxton-Beesly) are thrust headlong into a desperate world of violence, greed and betrayal.

The second season is slated to begin production in Nova Scotia later this spring. Pure is produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix in association with WGN America, Super Channel, Hulu and the CBC. The series is created and written by Michael Amo (The Listener) and directed by Ken Girotti (Orphan Black, Vikings). Amo and Girotti serve as executive producers for the second season alongside Brett Burlock, Peter Emerson and David MacLeod (Call Me Fitz, Haven). Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights.