It’s been a busy week for TV renewals. Today, the Jenna Coleman-led ITV and PBS series VICTORIA got renewed for Season 2 and the NBC sitcom SUPERSTORE starring America Ferrera received an extra nine episodes, bringing it up to the standard 22-episode season.
In the former, Coleman stars as a young Queen Victoria and has been turning plenty of eyes since its August premiere in the U.K. The series has an average of 7.7 million viewers, making it a strong contender against BBC One’s period drama Poldark. Many people have been theorizing it could be a replacement for the recently ended Downton Abbey, which became a sensation both in its home country and Stateside.
Victoria also stars Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, Victoria’s eventual husband. It was created by Daisy Goodwin, who also writes and executive produces, and Tom Vaughn directs. It will premiere in the U.S. on PBS’ Masterpiece on January 15.
On the more comedic side of things, Superstore’s Season 2 premiered on Thursday and has now received nine more episodes from the Peacock network, bringing its total to 22 episodes for the season. This is the length of the standard U.S. regular season, which shows that NBC has faith in the series.
In the series, Amy (Ferrera) is the employee of a megastore — and also the glue holding the place together. The series follows her and her kooky band of co-workers in their day-to-day lives at the store. It is executive produced by Justin Spitzer, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller, and Jonathan Green.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor