Cinemax is heading back to San Francisco. The network just announced they’ve renewed Warrior for a second season.
Based on the writings of Bruce Lee, the historical drama “kicks off in San Francisco’s Chinatown, in the year 1878, during the Tong Wars. The tongs were Chinese organized crime factions.” The cast includes Andrew Koji, Kieran Bew, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Hoon Lee, and Christian McKay.
Although Warrior has not been a huge ratings success since it debuted earlier this month, it has garnered critical praise. So far, the Cinemax series is averaging a .03 rating in the 18-49 demo and 139,000 viewers.
You can read more info below:
Following the show’s April 5 premiere, the CINEMAX drama series WARRIOR has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Len Amato, president, HBO Films, Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming.
“Bruce Lee’s vision is alive and well,” noted Amato. “WARRIOR combines high-energy martial arts with wit and brains. We’re thrilled to renew such a great show for a second season on CINEMAX.”
Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, WARRIOR was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast Five”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.
WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family).
Among the critical raves for the current season, which airs Fridays (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on CINEMAX, Rolling Stone called the show a “lush action drama” where “the legend becomes fact in an unexpected, wonderful way with all of the bells and whistles of modern TV,” while IGN praised WARRIOR for its “efficient, energetic, and enjoyable [ability to bring] American history to vivid life with verve, intelligence, and memorable fists of fury” and “thoughtful political edge,” and Mashable described it as “triumphant” and “a victory.”
Season one credits: WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.”
What do you think? Have you seen Warrior? Will you watch season two?