Renewed: Lioness

A second season and a title shift for US drama inspired by an actual U.S. military program.

Last week US drama series Lioness (previously titled Special Ops: Lioness) was renewed for a second season.

Lioness, inspired by an actual U.S. military program, follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror.

The series from Taylor Sheridan sees the return of star and executive producer Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Michael Kelly and Morgan Freeman, who will be a series regular in season two and producer Nicole Kidman.

Paramount+ reported a new record as the service’s most-watched worldwide series premiere on launch day, at that time, with nearly six million total viewers in its first week globally -although this also includes a linear preview on the Paramount Network.

“Our Paramount+ audience resoundingly has joined forces in support of Lioness’ gripping, global story and the powerhouse performances from Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira and Nicole Kidman,” said Jeff Grossman, Executive Vice President, Programming, Paramount+. “We cannot wait to see more of the heart-stopping suspense and action that Taylor Sheridan and the incredibly talented team deliver in its second season.”

Lioness captivated audiences around the world as one of the most-watched global series premieres on Paramount+ last year,” said Chris McCarthy, Office of the CEO, Paramount Global and President & CEO, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios. “Driven by Taylor Sheridan’s masterful storytelling and Nicole Kidman’s and Zoe Saldaña’s remarkable performances, season two promises to immerse audiences in yet another riveting, adrenaline-fueled journey.”

The series also stars Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton and Hannah Love Lanier.

2 Responses

  1. When the shows creators say ‘inspired’ by a U.S. military program I thought I would find out what that means.
    Task Force Lioness, or the Female Engagement Team, operated in Iraq and Afghanistan, and were tasked with identifying Muslim women who might be involved in terrorist activity. Muslim beliefs of the Iraqi and Afghani people made it much more difficult for male Marines to interact with women in these regions, and hijabi women were being used more frequently to carry out attacks. Lioness was only a short-term measure, Lionesses eventually recruited and trained local women to conduct culturally sensitive security searches. It looks like Taylor Sheridan used a lot of creative license with his screenplay.

  2. I enjoyed this, even though it haws some unrealistic cliches and I was laughing my arse off at some of the “patriotic, pro-military” stuff early on. Before it before it got to commenting on that stuff.
    Look forward to a new season.

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