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Special Ops: Lioness Renewed with a New Title

Paramount+ today announced that the original drama series Lioness (previously titled Special Ops: Lioness) has been renewed for a second season. The espionage thriller is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios exclusively for Paramount+.

From Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan, the returning star-studded cast includes series lead and executive producer Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira; Emmy nominee Michael Kelly, with Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, who will be a series regular in season two, and Oscar winner and executive producer Nicole Kidman.

Special Ops: Lioness Renewed with a New Title

Season one of Lioness set a new record as the service’s most-watched worldwide series premiere on launch day at that time, with nearly six million total viewers in its first week across Paramount+ globally and a linear preview on the Paramount Network.

“Our Paramount+ audience resoundingly has joined forces in support of Lioness’ gripping, global story and the powerhouse performances from Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, and Nicole Kidman,” said Jeff Grossman, Executive Vice President of Programming at Paramount+.

Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos and Stephanie Nur as Aaliyah

Grossman added: “We cannot wait to see more of the heart-stopping suspense and action that Taylor Sheridan and the incredibly talented team deliver in its second season.”

“Lioness captivated audiences around the world as one of the most-watched global series premieres on Paramount+ last year,” said Chris McCarthy, Office of the CEO, Paramount Global and President & CEO, SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios.

Nicole Kidman as Kaitlyn Meade

He added: “Driven by Taylor Sheridan’s masterful storytelling and Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldaña’s remarkable performances, season two promises to immerse audiences in yet another riveting, adrenaline-fueled journey.”

Lioness, inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The series also stars Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, and Hannah Love Lanier.

Stephanie Nur as Aaliyah and Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos

The series is executive produced by Taylor Sheridan, David C. Glasser, Zoe Saldaña, Nicole Kidman, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Jill Wagner, David Lemanowicz, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Friedman, and Keith Cox and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

In addition to Lioness, Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+ includes Tulsa King, Mayor of Kingstown, and Landman, which currently are all in production; 1923, which will begin filming its second season later this year; Lawmen: Bass Reeves; and 1883.