Amazon is doubling down on its upcoming series Carnival Row, renewing it for a second season over a month before it even premieres.
The series is set in a Victorian fantasy world where mythological creatures have been turned into immigrants and refugees after their exotic homelands were invaded by the world of men. Tensions between creatures and humans rise, but amidst the darkness, a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) indulge in a dangerous affair.
It took Amazon a little longer than expected to get this Victorian fantasy drama onto the screen (the series has been in development in some form since as far back as 2005), but now that the streaming service has gotten a look at the final product, Amazon seems fully invested in its future.
"Not only were we excited with how the series grew over the first season, but when we sat down with the producers about where they wanted to take Season 2, we just decided to jump in," said Vernon Sanders, co-head of TV at Amazon, during the streaming service's presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
"It also feels really timely," Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke added. "There's this great kind of story conflict at the center of it that feels really resonant. ... People are really responding to the show, and it's really resonating with people who are seeing it, and [it's] resonating with us, so we think we have something special and so we want to really invest in it for another season."
Carnival Row heads to Amazon on Friday, Aug. 30.