Amazon has decided to renew its series “The Man in the High Castle.” It’s also decided that having a person at the helm of the show is a good idea.

Eric Overmyer, who developed and executive produces Amazon’s “Bosch,” will take the reins of “The Man in the High Castle” for Season 3. He’s a veteran TV writer and producer whose credits also include “Treme,” “The Wire” and “Law & Order.”

“The Man in the High Castle’s” first showrunner, Frank Spotnitz, parted ways with the show during production of Season 2. Spotnitz and Amazon executives reportedly had butted heads over the direction of the show. Rather than hiring a replacement, Amazon chose to finish the second season with a showrunning-by-committee approach with the show’s remaining production team. Not including Spotnitz or Ridley Scott, whose company produces the show, “The Man in the High Castle” had eight credited executive producers for Season 2.

Amazon, like other streaming services, doesn’t release viewing figures but has said the series is among its most-watched.

“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios, says of the renewal. “Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not.”

“The Man in the High Castle” is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel about a world where the Axis powers won World War II and have divided the United States int0 separate spheres of influence. There’s no word yet on a release date for Season 3. It joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017 and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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