‘Ransom’ returns for second season of international negotiation

From left: Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor, Luke Roberts and Sarah Greene led ‘Ransom’ season one. — AFP pic  LOS ANGELES, Oct 12 — Co-produced by two transatlantic TV channels, Canada’s Global and France’s TF1, crisis negotiation drama Ransom has been renewed by US network CBS.

Making its debut with a January 1, 2017 US premiere, Ransom will return after commissioning network CBS okayed a second batch of episodes.

Inspired by the founders of a real-life negotiation agency, Ransom follows a team of four hostage and crisis negotiation experts as they go from one high stakes situation to another in aid of multinational corporations and government agencies.

A second season renewal is a little surprising, as Variety points out, given the show’s low viewership ratings — and CBS had already cancelled back in May, after season one finished — but Ransom is thought to be an inexpensive outlay for the US network.

Luke Roberts of Black Sails and Wolf Hall stars as lead negotiator Eric Beaumont, with Sarah Greene of Penny Dreadful and Vikings as second in command Maxine Carlson.

Mumbai-born Canadian actress Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn) and Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing) round out the team.

The series was co-created by Frank Spotnitz of The X-Files, Transporter: The Series, The Indian Detective and The Man in the High Castle.

Season one was filmed in Toronto, Canada, and southern France; season two will be shot on location in Hungary with a view to broadcasting in 2018. — AFP-Relaxnews