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Following the successes of “American Horror Story” at FX, “True Detective” at HBO, and “Fargo” at FX (again), Starz has announced plans for a sequel to its latest original entry, “The Missing.” Brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who wrote the first season, will return to create a whole new story for the second.
“The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart-wrenching story with ‘The Missing’ and while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating long-form storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to,” said Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik in a statement. “We have been thrilled with the critical response and look forward to continuing our terrific collaboration with the BBC, New Pictures and Playground Entertainment”
Starz did not announce what the second season would be about or even if it would focus on the disappearance of a child. The only commonality between the two seasons provided in the press release is that both stories will unfold over two time frames.
“The Missing,” as it exists now, very much focuses on the abduction of a child, and did not create a world distinct to itself (a la “Fargo”) or a cast of memorable breakout characters (like “American Horror Story”). James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, and, most notably, Tcheky Karyo as a famous but retired investigator, have left their marks, but seeing all or any return for a sequel could be jarring, even if they’re inhabiting new roles (like the cast of “AHS”). Also, basing a recurring series around kidnapping may be asking a lot of audiences in terms of emotional investment.
Obviously, Starz has enjoyed the positive marks its debut season earned along with its recent awards attention. “The Missing” was nominated for two Golden Globes last week, including Best Miniseries and Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie. The company clearly wants to keep its talent in house, and the Williams brothers certainly showed they have plenty of that in this first season.
The season finale of “The Missing” is scheduled to air January 10.