BBC America has given a vote of confidence to "Atlantis". The cable channel has ordered a second season of the freshmen drama after airing only one episode of it. This, however, comes as no surprise since the show debuted to 838,000 viewers on November 23, thanks to the strong "Doctor Who" lead-in, marking the highest-rated series debut for the network's Supernatural Saturday block.
"Atlantis is off to a fantastic start and is the centerpiece of our Saturday nights for the next 12 weeks," says BBC America's senior vp programming Richard De Croce. "We're committed to bringing our viewers even more entertaining episodes inspired by Greek mythology from Howard and the talented team in season two."
"Atlantis" executive producers Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Howard Overman also say in a joint statement, "We are all thrilled at Urban Myth Films that Atlantis has been re-commissioned and look forward to continuing the legend next year."
The fantasy drama series is set in a time of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. Jack Donnelly is cast in the lead role of Jason, a man who winds up in an ancient island populated by gods, goddesses and some of the most famous names in Greek legend. Together with Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Jason seeks answers for his father's disappearance, his own origins and a destiny foretold by an oracle.
Last month, BBC One ordered the show for a second run in the U.K..