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Starz renews Da Vinci's demons after just one episode

Date April 17, 2013

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Starz is showing a lot of confidence in its new period drama.

On Wednesday, the cable channel announced that it has greenlit a second season of original series "Da Vinci's Demons" after last Friday's debut episode scored more than 2.14 million viewers.

Production on Season 2 is expected to begin in May on location in Wales and slated to premiere in 2014.

"'Da Vinci's Demons' serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can," Starz Chief Executive Office Chris Albrecht said in a statement. "The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci's adventures to audiences around the world."

Created by writer/producer Goyer ("The Dark Knight Trilogy," "Man of Steel"), "Da Vinci's Demons" reimagines artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) at 25 years old -- full of ambition and groundbreaking ideas.

"I'm excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world's most eccentric and glorious polymath," Goyer said. "Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen."

Riley's co-stars include Laura Haddock ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), Elliot Cowan ("The Fixer"), Lara Pulver ("True Blood") and Blake Ritson ("Upstairs Downstairs").

Goyer serves as showrunner and directed the first two episodes of the first season. Julie Gardner is Executive Producer, along with Adjacent Productions' Head, Jane Tranter.

"Da Vinci's Demons" airs Fridays at 9/8c on Starz.

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