“The Serpent Queen” has been renewed for Season 2 by Starz.
Premium cable has renewed the historical drama starring two-time Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton for a second season of eight. The news comes ahead of the show’s season 1 finale, which is scheduled to air on Starz on Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 pm ET/PT in the US and Canada and at midnight on Starz’s streaming services.
Based on the book “Catherine de’ Medici: Queen of the French Renaissance” by Leonie Frieda, the series tells the story of Queen Catherine de’ Medici (Morton), “one of the most unlikely, but powerful and longest-serving rulers in French history.” Season 1 follows a 14-year-old prince who, after being orphaned, marries into the 16th-century French court. To save her future, she is forced to quickly adapt to her surroundings and learn who to trust — both in the royal palace and in her personal life. All the while, she must stay two steps ahead of those who “underestimate her determination to survive at any cost.”
“‘The Serpent Queen’ is uniquely modern, darkly funny and completely unexpected,” said Kathryn Busby, president of original programming for Starz. “The story of Catherine de’ Medici is the perfect addition to our female-compelling slate, and Samantha Morton’s stunning portrayal of this fierce, charming and intelligent queen anchors the entire production. We’re excited to reveal her incredible life and buy into the second season, which promises to be even more exciting and epic.
Justin Hayte created the series and also serves as executive producer alongside Francis Lawrence (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”) and Erwin Stoff (“The Matrix, The Matrix”). . “”13 Hours,” “Edge of Tomorrow”). Catherine Theus-Adair, senior vice president of original programming, will oversee production on behalf of Starz, with Courtney Mock overseeing for Lionsgate Television. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.