The ’60s-set Batman-inspired EPIX series ‘Pennyworth’ has been renewed for a second season. The ten-episode first season was critically acclaimed and appears to have delivered strong numbers for the outlet. The series launched in July and wrapped up in September.
In a statement, Epix president Michael Wright explained:
“Pennyworth has been a big hit for us, embraced by critics and fans alike. It was the highest-performing original series ever to premiere on Epix, more than doubling the viewership of the shows that came before it. Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and WBTV have delivered a brilliant, must-watch series. We can’t wait to work with this phenomenal cast and creative team on another exciting season.”
The series follows the younger days of Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) and his spy-like exploits with U.S. government agent Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge). The Season 1 cast included Emma Paetz as Martha Kane, Ryan Fletcher, and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Alfred’s SAS cohorts Dave Boy and Bazza, Dorothy Atkinson and Ian Puleston-Davies as Alfred’s parents, singer Paloma Faith, and Polly Walker as Bet Sykes and her sister Peggy, and Jason Flemyng as Lord Harwood.
The second season will also consist of ten episodes, which will begin filming in January and EPIX hopes to deliver it sometime in 2020.
Interestingly, among critics and viewers, it seems the weakest part of ‘Pennyworth’ is the fact that it was saddled with the Bat Baggage of connecting to the DC Comics character, when the show really has nothing to do with Batman– Thomas Wayne isn’t even married yet. It seems the general sentiment is that element is a distraction to what is otherwise a fun period spy series.
Did you watch the first season of ‘Pennyworth’? If so, what did you think? Are you looking forward to more adventures?
Source: TV Line