Oh, what a lucky man he was. Stan Lee’s Lucky Man TV series has been renewed by UK’s Sky 1 for a second season (or series). The good news was announced ahead of Lucky Man‘s first season finale, which airs Friday, March 25, 2016.
In season two, James Nesbitt will return as Detective Inspector Harry Clayton. Sky says Clayton will continue to struggle, “…to control his compulsions and the never-ending battle between good and bad luck.” The cast also includes: Eve Best, Sienna Guillory, Amara Karan, Stephen Hagan, Jing Lusi, and Steven Mackintosh.
Get the details from the Sky 1 press release:
Sky 1 today announces the return of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, made by Carnival Films, reinforcing its commitment to invest in year-round original British drama.
The ten-part drama, which will air its final episode on Sky 1 this Friday (March 25) at 9pm, is the channel’s highest-rated original drama series ever, delivering an average cumulative audience of 1.9 million.
The show has also been the most watched Sky 1 programme week after week on online streaming service NOW TV.
Described as “a thrill a minute drama” by The Observer, “thoroughly entertaining fun” by the Mail on Sunday’s EVENT Magazine and “thriller meets magic” by the Financial Times, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is an action-packed crime drama about fate, gambling, superstition and the consequences of our actions.
Series two will see James Nesbitt return to his role as Detective Inspector Clayton as he struggles to control his compulsions and the never-ending battle between good and bad luck.
James Nesbitt said: “They say that you make your own luck and I’m pleased to say that in this case we did! I’m delighted that Lucky Man was so popular with viewers and look forward to being back on Sky 1 in 2017.”
The new ten-part series, co-created by world-renowned comic book writer Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, will air in 2017. It is produced by Carnival Films, the multi-award winning makers of Downton Abbey and The Last Kingdom, in association with Lee and Gill Champion from POW! The series is distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1, said: “What more could you ask for? It’s a crowd-pleasing crime drama combining the talents of Marvel mastermind Stan Lee and award-winning actor James Nesbitt. Roll on series two.”
Co-creator Stan Lee says: “What a thrill it is that Lucky Man’s coming back for another sensational season! It’s going to be a terrific new ride with Harry and the gang, where fortune smiles on those who catch my king sized cameo in season two!”
Richard Fell, Executive Producer at Carnival Films said: “We are thrilled that the show seems to have found its audience on Sky 1. We feel truly lucky to be able to bring them the next charmed chapter of Detective Inspector Harry Clayton’s amazing story.”
The recommission of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is the latest addition to Sky 1’s ambitious slate of original drama in 2016, which includes Hooten and the Lady, Harlan Coben’s The Five and Agatha Raisin. It also follows in the success of original dramas You, Me and the Apocalypse and Fungus the Bogeyman, with each one improving on the performance of its predecessor.
Sky customers can watch the whole of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man series one now On Demand or via Sky Go, as well as through online streaming service NOW TV with a NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass.
Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 21 million customers across five countries: UK,Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. We offer the best and broadest range of content, deliver market-leading customer service and use innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose.
Sky has annual revenues of over £11 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £4.9 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).
About Carnival Films
Carnival Films is a division of NBC Universal International Studios and is the UK’s largest drama specialist. The company is responsible for the global TV sensation Downton Abbey, winner of three Golden Globes and twelve Primetime Emmy awards, including Best Mini-series. It is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy’s with a total of 59 nominations and is now in over 250 territories worldwide. Among numerous national and international awards, including three Screen Actors Guild Awards and three National Television Awards, the show has even garnered a Guinness World Record for highest critical ratings for a TV show, and the BAFTA Special Award in recognition of its outstanding global success. Downton Abbey is executive produced by Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, who sold the production company to NBCUniversal in 2008.
Founded in 1978, Carnival Films has produced many hundreds of hours of popular drama bothin the UK and US, including primetime series such as Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel, Dracula and The Philanthropist, as well as mini-series such as C4’s iconic Traffik, David Nicholl’s The 7:39, David Hare’s Worricker Trilogy as well as William Boyd’s BAFTA-winning Any Human Heart, and Peter Morgan’s RTS and BAFTA award-winning The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.
The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey has now played out on ITV and PBS with record ratings. Carnival’s latest series, The Last Kingdom, attracted a strong audience last year on BBC TWO and BBC America and is set to return to BBC TWO screens in 2017 following critical acclaim. The Hollow Crown 2: War of the Roses, a co-production with Neal Street starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench for BBC2 and PBS is scheduled to air in 2016.Carnival Films has recently announced major new projects such as Magnum with Magnum Photos.
Carnival Films was recognised as best production company at the 2011 Bulldog Awards and 2012 Broadcast Awards.
POW! Entertainment, Inc.(OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television,digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.
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