Netflix has picked up a second season of its series “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.

The drama, which stars Bateman as a money launderer for a drug cartel and Linney as his wife, premiered on July 21. Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures for its shows, but it’s apparently gathered enough data on “Ozark” in the 26 days it’s been streaming to go ahead with a second season.

The show takes its title from the region of the country where Bateman’s Marty Byrde relocates his family after business with the cartel goes badly sideways. Once the Byrde family has relocated to southern Missouri, Marty has to convince cartel lieutenant Del (Esai Morales) he can recover their losses, while also rebuilding his on-the-rocks marriage to Wendy (Linney).

The series also stars Julia Garner as the 19-year-old leader of a local crime outfit; Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner as Marty and Wendy’s kids; Jordana Spiro as a hotel owner who goes into business with Marty; and Jason Butler Harner as an FBI agent on Marty’s trail.

“The Accountant” screenwriter Bill Dubuque created “Ozark” and executive produces with showrunner Chris Mundy, Mark Williams and Bateman.

The series joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond. Season 2 will run for 10 episodes; there’s no word yet on a specific return date.

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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