Amazon has greenlit a second season of detective drama Bosch.
The series, adapted from Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch novels, was released on Amazon Prime Instant Video last month, after years of Connelly trying to get his books to the screen.
Amazon pounced upon the opportunity to commission the show, an offer that the author was equally keen on.
“I knew that Amazon was selling my books and I liked the synchronicity of this show being one click away from where you could buy my books,” he told us at the programme’s London premiere.
The in-built audience of fans meant that the show was an immediate hit. Bosch now boasts the biggest debut weekend among all of Amazon’s Original Series and has an Amazon customer rating of 4.8/5 stars. In the month since its launch, it has become the most-watched title on Amazon Prime Instant Video, across both movies and TV series.
Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s bestselling novels Trunk Music and The Drop. It will see the LAPD detective investigate the murder of a Hollywood producer, who laundered money for the mob. He will also pursue serial killer Chilton Hardy and the investigations will take Bosch from the Hollywood Hills down through the gritty back streets of L.A. and Las Vegas, threatening those closest to him – his teenage daughter and ex-wife.
Returning to the series are stars Titus Welliver as the titular detective, Jamie Hector as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke as Eleanor Wish.
The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer, Connelly, Henrik Bastin (The Killing, Odyssey, The Comedians) and Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat, The Insider, The Clearing).
“I am very excited about continuing the Bosch story with season two,” says Michael Connelly.
“I love what we started with and I think our plans for the second season will make the show even better and more exploratory of the character of Harry Bosch. We have a great cast and crew and we are all going to be one year better at this. I can’t wait.”
“It is great news that the huge success of the first season on Amazon has led to this swift recommission,” adds Henrik Pabst, Managing Director at Red Arrow International.
“The response from international broadcasters, viewers and the press has been unprecedented, and we are excited about the ongoing future of this new crime franchise, and enjoying its success with Amazon. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
The second season of Bosch will join other Amazon Original Series enjoying a second outing, including Mozart in the Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Paul Weitz, Jill Soloway’s multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent, and Garry Trudeau’s political comedy Alpha House.
The announcement follows the recent commissioning of eight new original series to arrive in the next year, including Hand of God, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, docu-series The New Yorker Presents, Red Oaks, and kids series Wishenpoof!, Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.