Have you been enjoying the first season of Siren? Well, apparently you’re not alone, and now the collective you are going to be able to enjoy plenty more of Freeform’s hit rookie show.
Just ahead of its upfronts presentation in New York City today, Freeform announced (via Deadline) the hit show has been picked up for a 16-episode second season. That’s six more episodes than the show got to play around with during its debut season.
Perhaps with the numbers the show has generated, particularly with young women, that’s not too surprising. Indeed, Siren debuted as the No. 1 new cable drama with women 18-34 and 12-34, traditionally a prized demographic.
Season 1 is still ratcheting up for its May 24 finale at the moment, and the mermaids they be angry. For those of you who haven’t caught the show, and you’ve always loved mermaids and are thinking about joining in the fun, well, this may not be the plucky Disney version of the mythical seafaring creature you’re used to. Heck, this isn’t even the live-action version Tom Hanks fell in love with in Splash. No, Ryn, played by Eline Powell, would fry up those two softies and eat them for dinner. (Mmmm, fried Ariel…)
Obviously the darker tone is part of the draw of creators Eric Wald, Dean White, and Emily Whitesell’s show, as you can hear at logline level: “A mermaid-obsessed town is turned upside down when a mysterious girl appears and begins wreaking havoc.” And then her friends show up!
Whitesell isn’t an anomaly at Freeform either, as the network touted at the upfronts presentation that every series has at least one female producer, and 50% of its episodic directors and 60% of its series writers are female, diverse, or LGBTQ.
Siren will return to the network sometime in 2019. Who's excited to see Ryn and company wreak a lot more havoc around Bristol Cove? Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to in Season 2.