Starz upheld its reputation for having the itchiest of show-renewing trigger fingers today, needing all of one ratings report to deliver good news. The cable network ordered a second season of its new series Da Vinci’s Demons less than a week after the period drama’s debut. Season 2 is expected to premiere next year.
To be fair, Da Vinci’s Demons rocked it in its first week, setting a new Starz record for most-watched premiere with 2.14 million viewers over multiple airings.
Da Vinci’s Demons depicts the “untold” (i.e. “fake”) antics of Leonardo Da Vinci as the young artist and inventor gallivants around Renaissance-era Florence on various adventures. Reviews have been mixed, with some citing historical inaccuracy as a problem and others enjoying the all-out zaniness.
British actress Lara Pulver (MI-5) has been added as a series regular to another new drama series, Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. Written by David S. Goyer, Da Vinci’s Demons is a historical fantasy, following the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Pulver will play famed enchantress and political machinator Clarice Orsini, aristocratic wife of Florentine ruler Lorenzo Medici.