Taylor Sheridan’s Lioness “renewed for Season 2” with a big change

Cameron Frew
The cast of Special Ops: Lioness

Special Ops: Lioness, Taylor Sheridan’s action-packed series, is rumored to be coming back for Season 2 – but it could be a bit different from the first season.

Sheridan is best known for creating the Yellowstone empire, from the flagship series to its successful spinoffs with 1883, 1923, and more in the pipeline.

However, he’s also an accomplished feature director, having helmed Hell or High Water, Wind River, and Those Who Wish Me Dead. The Western genre may be his forte, but his work in TV stretches beyond the genre, also creating Mayor of Kingstown and Tulsa King.

Special Ops: Lioness arrived on Paramount Plus in 2023, where it was met with impressive viewership, becoming the most-watched premiere in the platform’s history.

Taylor Sheridan’s Lioness set to return for Season 2

Special Ops: Lioness Season 2 is going ahead, according to insider Daniel Richtman – but the show will reportedly evolve with its second season, shaking up both its structure and cast.

“Lioness has been renewed for Season 2. The show will be an anthology series and next season will have a new cast. It will be set in Mexico and be about the war against the Mexican drug cartel,” Richtman wrote.

The first installment of the series starred Zoe Saldana as Joe, the CIA officer in charge of the Lioness program, which sees female officers working to infiltrate terrorist groups and prevent future attacks. Nicole Kidman played Joe’s boss, while Laysla De Oliveira played Cruz, a rookie recruited into the program.

In an earlier interview with Comic Book, Saldana addressed the chances of Lioness returning for a second season. “I’ve heard things here and there. I certainly hope so. We were nervous, especially Nicole [Kidman] and I. We had hope. We were so hopeful that this was gonna find its community.

“But it’s driven by women, where women are at the helm. And they’re wearing hats that men normally wear. And then when we started our promotion, our press tour for it, we were struck with a strike. So we were swimming upstream. And then to know that the first month of Lioness coming out it became the most-watched series on Paramount+ at that time.”

De Oliveira was also asked by TVLine if Cruz would be part of the story in Season 2. “You know what? I don’t know. I’m honestly on the same journey as you. I just show up! But I think whatever Taylor has planned, if he has something planned, it is going to be great,” she said.

Special Ops: Lioness is available to stream on Paramount Plus now.

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