Freeform has renewed freshman drama “Beyond” for a second season.
Network president Tom Ascheim surprised the cast and executive producers with the news in the middle of the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.
“This is a little unusual and I’m sorry to interrupt,” Ascheim said. “There are moments when it’s really hard to make a decision about a pickup, but this is not one of these moments. We have not had a chance to tell these guys, so I wanted to do it in front of our closest friends. We’re bringing back Season 2 of ‘Beyond.'”
The series launched on Jan. 2 with a two-hour premiere on linear TV, which was watched by 1.5 million people, according to Nielsen’s Live + 3 ratings. In addition, the entire first season was made available on the network’s digital platforms.
“Beyond” stars Burkely Duffield as Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Romy Rosemont, Michael McGrady, Jonathan Whitesell, Dilan Gwyn and Jeff Pierre also star.
Created by Adam Nussdorf (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), “Beyond” is produced by Imperative Entertainment and Automatik.