Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Starz Renews Anthology Drama 'The Missing' for Season 2

Starz has renewed limited series The Missing for a second season of eight episodes, which will feature a new case, characters and location (in the same vein as FX's American Horror Story and HBO's True Detective).

Co-produced with the BBC, the first installment of the series centers on Tony (James Nesbitt) as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. Unable to accept that his child may be dead, he spends years searching for him at the expense of his marriage to Emily (Frances O'Connor).

The second season will again be written and executive produced by brothers Harry and Jack Williams. Additional executive producers are New Pictures' Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke; BBC's Polly Hill; and Playground's Colin Callender.

The first season concludes on January 10, with both the series and Frances O'Connor landing Golden Globe nominations last week. The series has largely been a ratings dud for Starz in the U.S, but over in the U.K., the season averaged more than 7 million viewers each week on BBC One.

"The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart wrenching story with The Missing and while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating long-form storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to," Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. "We have been thrilled with the critical response and look forward to continuing our terrific collaboration with the BBC, New Pictures and Playground Entertainment."