CBS All Access has a perfect track record when it comes to renewing its original offerings. Its latest renewal is the bizarre true-life series ‘Strange Angel’ based on the life of trailblazing rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons played by Jack Reynor (a.k.a. Irish Chris Pratt), which has been greenlit for a second season. It joins other returnees ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘No Activity’ and ‘The Good Fight’, which is actually coming back for its third go-’round. ‘Strange Angel’ was created by Mark Heyman, based on the book of the same name by George Pendle, and boasts Ridley Scott as an executive producer.
In the statement from CBS All Access, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Julie McNamara said:
“We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Jack Parsons’ journey. STRANGE ANGEL and its talented cast and crew are the epitome of the type of programming we strive for at CBS All Access – daring, imaginative and unconventional.”
The cast also includes Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Rade Šerbedžija, Zack Pearlman and Keye Chen.
Also from the official statement:
The period drama explores the bizarre true story of Jack Parsons, a man who straddled the worlds of science and the occult, pioneering America’s rocketry program while simultaneously practicing sex magick rituals and living by the creed “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
At the conclusion of STRANGE ANGEL’s first season, Jack and his team from Caltech make a scientific breakthrough that secures the military’s interest as the country nears the brink of war. In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.
The first season aired from June to August this summer and the second will likely air during roughly the same period next year.
‘Strange Angel’ was originally developed for AMC, going so far as to have scripts written, but after that network passed, CBS All Access ordered it to series.
Have you seen ‘Strange Angel’ season one? Are you looking forward to more?