'Reacher' renews for a third season before airing the second

If Amazon finds a commercial success among its fiction bets, it is normal to build on the series in question.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
03 December 2023 Sunday 16:40
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'Reacher' renews for a third season before airing the second

If Amazon finds a commercial success among its fiction bets, it is normal to build on the series in question. The first season of Reacher became a ratings phenomenon in the United States, where its classic action formula connected with the mass audience, and now a third season is underway even before the second premieres.

“December is the month of hot chocolate and smiles and now also Reacher,” explained actor Alan Ritchson in a promotional video for the launch of the second season this coming December 15. But he also warned that it was “the season of surprises” and that he had news for fans: he is currently on the set of filming the third season because it is already on its way.

In the video, he also showed a preview of the episodes pending broadcast and, curiously, it does not serve so much to present the new plot as to show what kind of action hero Jack Reacher, created by Lee Child, who has already written 29 novels, is. since the first one published in 1997. Of course, it is worth seeing what he does when he happens upon a woman while a criminal forces her to withdraw money from an ATM:

Reacher creator Nick Santora (Scorpion) hit the nail on the head when covering the character for television. First, he found an actor who represents the imposing physical condition of Jack Reacher, a military veteran who wanders the United States helping strangers outside the law. Later, he understood that the public was looking for an old-fashioned action hero, with doses of humor and classic character profiles. And, finally, he allowed this formula, conventional on television, to attract audiences throughout the United States, including deep America.

If in the first season he was arrested for murder in Margrave, where he had to stay to discover the truth about his brother, in the second he will have to meet up with old army colleagues: Frances Neagley (Maria Sten), Karla Dixon (Serinda Swan) and David O'Donnell (Shaun Sipos). Someone is dedicated to assassinating members of his former unit. Who has betrayed them? Who will be the next to die?

Unlike the first season, which premiered all at once and topped the ranking of the most watched series in the US, Amazon will change the broadcast strategy on Prime Video: three episodes will premiere on December 15 and the remaining five will be released. They will broadcast at a rate of one per week. This is the formula he used with The Boys in its second season and, thanks to retaining the audience each week and channeling the television conversation, the superhero series was able to move to the next level of popularity.