Super Channel brings back Pure for season two

After CBC last year opted not to renew the hour-long drama, Super Channel has stepped in to commission a sophomore season of the Mennonite mob drama.
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After CBC last year opted not to renew the hour-long drama Pure, Super Channel has jumped in to greenlight a second season of the Mennonite mob drama.

Produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix, the show has been commissioned for six more hour-long episodes, with shooting set to begin in Nova Scotia this spring ahead of a 2019 premiere.

Pure premiered on CBC in January 2017 to an average audience of 1.02 million viewers (2+), according to Numeris data, with the first season garnering an average audience of 744,000 (2+) across its six-episode run.

The pubcaster ultimately did not renew the series, at which point Cineflix’s SVP of scripted Brett Burlock reached out to Super Channel’s VP of programming Melissa Kajpust and discussions got underway. Kajpust told Playback Daily that the Super Channel team had been admirers of creator Michael Amo’s (The Listener) previous work, adding that the robust ratings for season one were “certainly one of the deciding factors” in the pickup.

U.S. channel WGN America, which acquired the first season last August, is on board again to licence the second season. As well, season one was picked up by Hulu in the U.S.

Series leads Ryan Robbins (ArrowThe Killing) and Alex Paxton-Beesley (CardinalCopper) will return for season two, along with director Ken Girotti (Orphan BlackVikings). Executive producers on the series are Amo, Girotti, Burlock, Peter Emerson and David MacLeod.

Cineflix Rights is handling worldwide distribution.