Despite having aired only two of its slated 10 first season episodes, Showtime has given an early (very early) renewal of its just launched period piece The Tudors.
The early renewal is a major vote of confidence for the series, which premiered to the tune of 869,000 viewers on April 1. The second episode dipped to 464,000 viewers, but the network has said when repeats are factored in, the show recoups much of its lost audience.
The second season will also consist of 10 episodes, with creator Michael Hirst writing all the episodes (he did the same for the first season). The series is the most expensive in Showtime’s history, but much of the cost is offset by the sale of international rights.
Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment for Showtime said the series “is right on brand for Showtime.”
Production on the second season (filming in Dublin) will begin next month.