Good news, Perry Mason fans! The drama reboot, which was initially slated as an eight-episode limited series, has been renewed for Season 2 at HBO. Perry Mason‘s renewal was announced Wednesday by Francesca Orsi, the Executive Vice President of HBO Programming. Orsi had this to say regarding the critically-lauded show’s renewal:
It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind Perry Mason. Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season.
The series premiere is HBO’s most-watched debut in nearly two years. As of now, the pilot episode has been watched to the tune of eight million viewers. IndieWire hailed it as “one of the most beautiful series ever made.” Vulture also chimed in with praise. The publication described Perry Mason as “gorgeous, gritty, and sometimes a downright gory piece filled with fine performances.” Meanwhile, Vanity Fair praised it as a mystery that’s “engrossing and unpredictable.”
Perry Mason has been known the world over as a franchise rife with dramatic interrogations and a charismatic lead in its titular lawyer. Actor Raymond Burr first starred as Perry Mason on a TV series that ran from 1957-1966. Burr went on to star in several movies as Mason over a handful of decades. His final performance was in 1993 in Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss. Said film was released posthumously, as Burr passed away over two months prior to its debut.
I’m excited at the prospect of a second season! Matthew Rhys is as enchanting as he is charming. I’d watch Rhys read an antiquated telephone book or the nutritional facts on a cereal box. Not to mention, Tatiana Maslany is a force of nature, as per her usual.
Perry Mason stars Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance, Tatiana Maslany, Rachel Boulware, Austin Sloan, Eric Lange, Nick La Croix, Chris Chalk, Bruno Trova, Drew Walton and John Lithgow. You can catch the final three episodes at 9pm eastern Sundays on HBO.