Bryan Mills and his particular set of skills will be back on NBC in the 2017-18 season.

The network has picked up a second season of its drama series “Taken,” based on the movie of the same name. It follows a younger version of Mills (Clive Standen) during his career as a CIA operative.

Season 2 will run for 16 episodes, up from 10 for its initial run this spring.

“Taken” pulled in marginal ratings for NBC this season, but the fact that it’s produced by the network’s sister studio, Universal Television, may have helped its case. The show averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.13 million viewers on the night it aired. It rose to 1.3 and about 7 million viewers with a week of DVR viewing.

In addition to Standen, the “Taken” cast includes Jennifer Beals, Gauis Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo. “Homeland” veteran Alexander Cary was the showrunner this season but is stepping away from the show, per several reports. The search for a new showrunner is under way.

“Taken” joins “This Is Us,” “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Shades of Blue” and “The Voice” in securing a spot on NBC’s schedule for 2017-18. It also joins this list of shows returning next season.

NBC announces its full lineup for 2017-18 on Monday, May 15.

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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