While we imagined last week that this was a formality, we are very much thrilled that it’s now official: NBC has renewed “Better Late Than Never” for a second season; not only that, but the entire cast (Henry Winkler William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and “travel guide” Jeff Dye) are all going to be returning for some more adventures all over the world.
When this show premiered for its four-episode first season, it quickly became one of the surprise hits of the summer, averaging an impressive 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, proving that there are ways to convince younger people to watch things featuring people from another generation.
In a statement, the network’s alternative programming head Paul Telegdy said the following:
“Like everyone else, we fell in love with all the adventures Henry, William, Terry, George and Jeff faced as they educated themselves and adapted to new customs in foreign cities … This innovative format allows for unprecedented escapades that cut through the clutter and grabbed viewer’s attention. We can’t wait to see what places they explore and how they adapt to their environment in season two.”
Meanwhile, Winkler (who also serves as an executive producer) added the following:
“The success of Season one was such a joyous surprise. I can’t wait to see where Bill, Terry, George, Jeff and I will be exploring next. Anybody know where we are going? They don’t tell me anything!”
This show is really fun, and it’s nice to see it back just as a slice of breezy summer entertainment. Plus, Winkler and Shatner are two of our favorite performers out there, so any opportunity to see more of them is something we will celebrate.
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