'Atlantis' Renewed for Season Two by BBC America

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November 27th, 2013


via press release:



New York – November 27, 2013 – BBC AMERICA has picked up season two of new fantasy co-production, Atlantis, from the creators of Merlin and Misfits. On November 23, Atlantis delivered the highest rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers. The 13-part series premieres Saturdays at 9:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA. In the UK, Atlantis is the biggest new Saturday night drama series to launch across all BBC channels since 2006, even up on the launch of hit show Merlin.

Atlantis is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales co-produced with BBC AMERICA. Executive producers are Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Howard Overman for Urban Myth Films. Executive produced for BBC Cymru Wales by Bethan Jones.

Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA says: “Atlantis is off to a fantastic start and is the centerpiece of our Saturday nights for the next twelve weeks. We’re committed to bringing our viewers even more entertaining episodes inspired by Greek mythology from Howard and the talented team in season two.”
Capps, Murphy and Overman said: “We are all thrilled at Urban Myth Films that Atlantis has been re-commissioned and look forward to continuing the legend next year.”

Far from home and desperate for answers, Jason washes up on the shores of an ancient land. A mysterious place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired Goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants – this is the lost city of Atlantis. The series follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly, Dancing on the Edge), Hercules (Mark Addy, Game of Thrones) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms, War Horse) who battle against some of the most famous names of Greek legend, often in unexpected guises. The show also stars Jemima Rooper (One Chance) as Medusa, Aiysha Hart (About Time) as Ariadne, Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys) as Pasiphae and Juliet Stevenson (The Hour) as The Oracle. All of these characters will return in season two.
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including two Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and eleven Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online,www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visitingwww.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us onwww.twitter.com/bbcamerica.


  • Erik

    Lol that pic isn’t even from the right show, thats from stargate atlantis.

  • Dude from SA

    … What he said… ^

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    The picture has been fixed. Sometimes when you’re trying to get news up quickly, you pick the wrong photo labeled Atlantis!

  • Refrain

    Atlantis was already renewed for a 13 episode second season on October 26th by BBC UK.

  • ttwo

    and that ^ means nothing to those that watch on BBCA

  • Refrain


    It doesn’t matter what channel or method you watch on. I was merely pointing out that the network that funds the program had renewed it last month ;)

  • Maslany

    Didn’t the premiere episode of Orphan Black get over 1 million viewers?

  • Colin

    Sara Bibel, you look increcibly hot!

  • Feedback

    Can you please stop automatically linking to old shows when they are not referenced in the article at all?? It is really annoying.

  • PRW

    Too bad it sucks. Luckily UK viewers warned me ahead of time so I went in with low expectations.

  • KC

    Yeah! I love this show!

  • Refrain


    I agree, it’s a very average but watchable family show. The production values are nothing noteworthy either. The dialogue at times is often poor.

  • Observer

    I’d rather have Stargate Atlantis.

  • Anthony

    Can you please stop automatically linking to old shows when they are not referenced in the article at all?? It is really annoying.

    While I don’t work for the site, I would assume the answer is no. It is either automatically link to shows (by using the key word), which will unfortunately create situations of linking when it is unintended, or they would need to manually link to shows when it is appropriate. Manually linking would be a lot more work.

  • Ekras

    Ummmm…. Atlantis was renewed like 3 weeks ago…….

  • jessica

    Atlantis was renewed “like a month and a day ago”. This is just the American broadcaster saying ‘we will take season 2 too’ whilst pretending this is some ‘breaking news happening right now’. But it makes them feel better and special and that is what is really important.

    What if Atlantis was a massive and total disaster in the USA? Would this press release be announcing that BBC America has cancelled Atlantis? Considering BBC renewed it on 26 October that would be really interesting or confusing. “BBC re-commissions Atlantis”. Then five weeks later “BBC America cancels Atlantis”. Why can no American broadcaster admit that they are importing something and not act like their belated decision to seek more actually affected an already decided decision to make more?

    As for BBC America’s “co-productions” they are basically ‘throw a lot of cash at it and slap our logo on it’ without actually doing any of the “producing” of any of the shows. Tiger Aspect makes Ripper Street in Dubllin for BBC so BBC America dumps a pile of money at their feet and it magically becomes a BBC American Original. Cineflix makes Copper in Toronto for Shaw & TVA and BBC America dumps a pile of money at their feet and it suddenly becomes a BBC America Original. Urban Myth Films makes Atlantis in Wales & Morocco for BBC Wales and BBC America dumps a pile of money at their feet half-way through production of the first series and suddenly it becomes a BBC America Original. When will BBC America actually commission their own programming rather than buy into things already in production for someone else?

  • cimmer

    Frankly, considering the better production values, acting and sometimes writing we get from BBCA ‘dumping’ a pile o’money at the feet of BBC, I say good for them otherwise we’d probably be getting programs along the lines of Syfy’s Canadian specials and frankly I’d rather not.

    As for Atlantis, good, it’s cute but not great but it did have nice production values (which I really appreciate considering most of the crappy CGI we get in fantasy and scifi), decent acting with some good actors and so so writing that may get better. I’ll take that over a lot of other stuff we get on most cable channels any day.

  • James

    @jessica: Regardless of how its ratings with fare, BBC America will pick up second season. That’s the same thing they did with Bedlam and Mistresses. You know they need to fill their programming as with any other cable network.

  • Joe Smith

    it’s a fun show if you don’t think too much about details

  • Billiam

    Great show!!

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