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‘Taken’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

Adaptation of the Liam Neeson film series will return for 16 episodes

NBC has renewed “Taken” for a second season, TheWrap has learned.

The film adaptation of the hit action film franchise has been picked up for 16 additional episodes as NBC’s fall slate begins to take shape.

The contemporary origin story, whose season finale last week earned a had a 0.8/3 rating and 4.5 million viewers, stars Clive Standen as former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he’s pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative.

Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo also star.

NBC has previously handed out early renewals to the freshman series “The Good Place” and “This Is Us,” as well as to the returning players “Superstore” and “Shades of Blue.”

The DC Comics comedy “Powerless” and the “Wizard of Oz” adaptation “Emerald City” have already been canceled, leaving the time-travel drama “Timeless,” Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Justice,” the “Blacklist” spinoff “Blacklist: Redemption” and comedies “Great News” and “Trial & Error” as the five new series still awaiting renewal or cancellation from the network.

On the pilot side, NBC has already ordered the Glenn Howerton-led comedy “A.P. Bio,” Jason Katims’ high school drama “Rise” and the military drama “For God & Country.”