The acclaimed television series Yellowjackets received a huge vote of confidence from Showtime when the premium cable network renewed it for a third season — and all before the second season even premiered.
Showtime is looking to capitalize on the show’s success by accelerating a third season three months ahead of the second season’s premiere date, Deadline reported Thursday.
According to the publication, the network also had a tight deadline for an extension, with the mid-December deadline for picking up the cast contract options.
The series, which also stars Christina Ricci and Melanie Lynskey, follows the members of a high school football team who are forced to survive in the Canadian wilderness for 19 months after their plane crashes en route to a tournament.
That was fast! Showtime renewed its hit survival thriller Yellowjackets for a third season three months before its second season premiere, Deadline reported Thursday; To see Christina Ricci in the series
Along with a flashback to their struggle to survive, the surviving members of the team are shown struggling to fit into their adult lives years later.
The series was a hit for the network with over 5 million weekly viewers and received seven Emmy nominations, although it did not win any of the awards.
Chris McCarthy, the President and CEO of Showtime and Paramount Media Networks, told Deadline that the renewal is an attempt to build on the impressive “dynamics” of Yellowjackets first season.
“With the Yellowjackets’ resounding success in Season 1 and the pent-up anticipation for Season 2, we wanted to maximize momentum by accelerating Season 3 now,” McCarthy said. “The show’s ambition is matched only by its execution and I thank the incredible creative team behind it including Ashley, Bart, Jonathan, eOne and the Showtime team for making this such a success.”
Nick of Time: The show, which follows a group of high school football players as they try to survive a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, was renewed just before cast options expired; Melanie Lynskey in Yellowjackets
It’s a Hit: Showtime President and CEO Chris McCarthy said the network wants to capitalize on the show’s success after it has attracted more than 5 million weekly viewers; still from Yellowjackets
The renewal ahead of the second season’s release demonstrates Showtime’s “strong commitment to the show and its ability to continue to grow, as well as how clearly it fits into a Showtime brand,” he added.
McCarthy also outlined a plan for the type of series Showtime will focus on under his leadership.
“As we move into 2023 and beyond, our plan is to focus on Showtime’s strengths and focus on three key areas that have defined the brand. Complex and subversive anti-heroes like Dexter and Yellowjackets, powerful high-stakes worlds like Homeland and Billions, and unconventional cultural takes like The L Word and The Chi—all with the goal of making the biggest hits possible and turning them into successful franchises, eh we’ve done it very successfully across the business,’ said McCarthy.
He also singled out Yellowstone and South Park as well as “global, unscripted” shows as franchises that “helped make Paramount+ the fastest-growing streaming service in the US two years in a row,” adding: “And now we’re excited to bring that franchise thinking to the amazing lineup of hit series that defined Showtime.”
Going dark: He picked the show along with Showtime’s recent Dexter sequel series as a direction for the network; Still from Dexter: New Blood
Paramount has reportedly debated Showtime’s future as a separate network or possibly a facet of a single unified streaming service, but Yellowjackets’ strong streaming numbers have reportedly kept the idea of a separate network alive.
The show became the network’s second-most-streamed series after the recent Dexter revival.
The fact that McCarthy also mentioned The L Word in his comments might indicate that The L Word: Generation Q is staying with Showtime.
The CEO also said Showtime is working to stay relevant to other premium networks and streamers like HBO and Warner Bros. streaming service HBO Max.
Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish previously said that Showtime would “focus on franchises” in hopes of attracting more viewers, and McCarthy shared more details about that plan.
Doubling Down: McCarthy told Deadline that the network will now focus on franchises. Shows that cannot be converted into franchises are likely to be cancelled; up from Yellowjackets
He pointed out that the network would shift its resources to shows with a better chance of being franchised, while “some shows don’t make the cut” and are canceled.
City On A Hill, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, was canceled back in October this year, and McCarthy hinted that other shows on Showtime’s roster would soon be getting the axe, presumably if they didn’t have the potential to spin- to create offs.
“We intend to leverage our successful franchise strategy to propel the future of Showtime, with fans making connections with a franchise and franchisees continuing to grow the brand and our streaming services, ultimately creating long-term value for the company,” McCarthy continued.
“To realize this full potential, we will be taking a critical look at all series and how far we can go to place the right creative bets to complement the entire company’s IP bank – which means that some shows who don’t will make the cut and others will get a lot more resources and attention, collectively we just see opportunities to continue to grow the Showtime brand.’
Going all-in on IP: “To realize this full potential we will be taking a critical look at each series and asking how far we can go to place the right creative bets to complement the entire company’s IP bank .” McCarthy added; Juliette Lewis spotted in Yellowjackets
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