DirecTV orders two more seasons of Kingdom
Michelle Clancy
| 21 October 2014
After its premiere was proven to be one of Audience Network's most popular shows of all time, DirecTV has ordered an additional 20 episodes of the one-hour drama series Kingdom.

Created by Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, Kingdom is a family saga that takes place in Venice, California, and is set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of mixed martial arts (MMA). Production on the new order is expected to begin in spring 2015, with the first batch of ten episodes set to air on DirecTV's Audience Network that fall. The following ten episodes will air in 2016.

"DirecTV could not be more thrilled by the response that last week's premiere of Kingdom elicited from both critics and our viewers," said Chris Long, SVP of original content and production at DirecTV. "The series very clearly resonated with DirecTV's subscribers and we eagerly anticipate sharing these additional 20 episodes with them and further exploring the compelling world that Byron Balasco has created."

Added Philippe Maigret, CEO, Endemol Studios: "Knowing that Kingdom will be on the schedule for years to come is a milestone. Getting an additional 20 episodes is a great testament to Kingdom, to Byron's talent as a writer and show runner and to our cast and crew. We are fortunate to have a show that premiered out of the gate to critical acclaim. We are grateful to DirecTV for being a supportive partner. This speaks volumes to the DirecTV subscribers and fans of the show who are on this journey with us."