Showtime is ready for another set. Deadline reports the network has renewed the TV show I’m Dying Up Here for a second season.
From executive producer Jim Carrey, the gritty drama chronicles the comedy scene in 1970s Los Angeles. The cast includes Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, Stephen Guarino, Jon Daly, and Ginger Gonzaga.
The renewal comes as a bit of a surprise since I’m Dying Up Here earned pretty low ratings. Over the course of its first season, the Showtime drama averaged a .04 rating int he 18-49 demo and only 143,000 viewers, making it one of the network’s lowest-rated series for the 2016-2017 season.
However, it seems like Showtime sees some promise for I’m Dying Up Here. They’ve ordered 10 episodes for season two, which is slated to debut in 2018.
From Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine:
It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience. The talented ensemble of I’m Dying Up Here, led by the brilliant Melissa Leo, and an equally skilled creative team behind the scenes, tell stories that scale the heights of comedy and the depths of drama, often at the same time. Having heard their plans for season two, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break.”
What do you think? Have you seen I’m Dying Up Here? Will you watch season two?
1/6/18 update: Showtime has announced that season two of I’m Dying Up Here will debut May 6, 2018. Details here.