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NBC Renews 'Found' and 'The Irrational' for Second Seasons

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NBC Renews 'Found' and 'The Irrational' for Second Seasons

NBC has announced the renewal of its first-year drama series, 'Found' and 'The Irrational,' for their second seasons, marking a significant move in the network's programming strategy.

Key Takeaways:

  • NBC renews 'Found' and 'The Irrational' for Season 2.
  • Both shows had episodes filmed prior to the broadcast season.
  • 'Found' and 'The Irrational' performed well on NBC and Peacock.
  • 'Found' follows PR specialist Gabi Mosely, played by Shanola Hampton.
  • 'The Irrational' stars Jesse L. Martin as a behavioral science professor.

Early Renewals Amid Industry Challenges

In a strategic move, NBC has renewed both 'Found' and 'The Irrational' for their second seasons. This decision comes at a time when many networks are pivoting to reality series and licensed programming due to the dual strikes affecting the industry. The early production of episodes for both series before the broadcast season has been a boon for NBC, allowing it to continue airing new scripted series.

Impressive Performance on NBC and Peacock

Both series have shown impressive performance metrics. 'Found' became NBC’s top launch on Peacock, drawing 10.5 million viewers across platforms in its first week. Similarly, 'The Irrational' garnered 12.1 million viewers across all NBCUniversal platforms in its first 15 days. These numbers indicate a strong viewer interest and the potential for further growth in their upcoming seasons.

About the Series

'Found' revolves around the character of Gabi Mosely, portrayed by Shanola Hampton, a public relations specialist who was once among the over 300,000 missing people of color in the U.S. The series delves into her work with a crisis management team dedicated to finding missing people, while she harbors a chilling secret of her own. The show features a cast including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kelli Williams, and Brett Dalton, and is produced by Berlanti Productions and Rock My Soul Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television.

'The Irrational,' on the other hand, follows Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer, a world-renowned professor of behavioral science. Mercer's unique expertise and unconventional approach to understanding human behavior lead him and his team through high-stakes cases involving governments, law enforcement, and corporations. The show is based on Dan Ariely’s book, "Predictably Irrational," and is produced by Universal Television.

NBC's Commitment to Scripted Content

Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal Entertainment, praised the work of showrunners Nkechi Okoro Carroll ('Found') and Arika Lisanne Mittman ('The Irrational'). She highlighted their flawless execution of vision and the dedication of the cast, producers, and crews, which has resonated with audiences, making these series must-see television on both NBC and Peacock.

Looking Ahead

The renewal of these two drama series signifies NBC's commitment to scripted content, even amidst industry challenges. As 'Found' and 'The Irrational' gear up for their second seasons, fans can expect more captivating storytelling and character development, further solidifying their positions in NBC's robust programming lineup.