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Wild Cards Renewed for a Second Season

The CW Network, in partnership with CBC, today announced it has renewed the hit series Wild Cards for an expanded 13-episode second season. The second season will debut on The CW in the U.S. and CBC in Canada in 2025.

The procedural, starring Vanessa Morgan (Riverdale) and Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy), is the network’s #1 new series in 2024 in total audience viewing, according to Nielsen.

Wild Cards Renewed for a Second Season

“We are thrilled to order a second season of The CW’s breakout series Wild Cards,” said Liz Wise Lyall, Head of Scripted Programming, The CW Network. “Wild Cards has clearly captured the imagination of our viewers thanks to exhilarating storytelling and the crackling chemistry between Vanessa and Giacomo.

“We are confident Wild Cards is the kind of smart and sexy blue-sky drama that could continually build its audience for years.”

Vanessa Morgan as Max and Giacomo Gianniotti as Ellis

“We are excited to team up with The CW again on Wild Cards to build on the first season, which captivated audiences on both sides of the border,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC.

“CBC is committed to showcasing Canadian talent and storytelling on an international stage, and our work with partners like The CW helps to amplify these efforts. We’re looking forward to the new season and can’t wait for audiences to dive back into the thrilling world of Wild Cards.”

Giacomo Gianniotti as Ellis

Wild Cards is a crime-solving procedural with a comedic twist that follows the unlikely duo of a by-the-book, sardonic cop, Cole Ellis (Giacomo Gianniotti), and a spirited, clever con woman, Max Mitchell (Vanessa Morgan). They are partnered together, and each uses their unique skills to solve crimes

For Ellis, that means hard-boiled shoe leather police work; for Max, it means accents, disguises, schemes, and generally befriending everyone in sight while driving Ellis absolutely nuts.

Vanessa Morgan as Max and Giacomo Gianniotti as Ellis

The first season’s cliffhanger found Ellis about to arrest Max for her heist of a 33 million dollar jewel, but his feelings of betrayal are sidelined by a bombshell revelation from Max: she’s learned the identity of his brother’s murderer.

Season 2 raises the stakes for our duo both in terms of the cases they’re tasked to solve in each episode and their feelings for each other.

Vanessa Morgan as Max

Michael Konyves created the series, which comes from Blink49 Studios, Front Street Pictures, and Piller/Segan, in association with The CW for commissioning broadcaster CBC in Canada. The executive producers include Konyves, pilot director James Genn, Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, and writers Alexandra Zarowny and James Thorpe.

Wild Cards is produced by Charles Cooper and Virginia Rankin. The series is overseen by Carolyn Newman, Tashi Bieler, and Alix Steerman on behalf of Blink49 Studios. International distribution is handled by FIFTH SEASON.