Over the past several weeks, the BBC series featuring Hayley Atwell has drawn some positive reviews and also great ratings for the network. This is the sort of program that the network covets, one that is set in a popular period of history and features romance, drama, political intrigue, and more. Viewers would love to see more of in the future and we’re not even talking about its US premiere on Starz yet. It remains to be seen just how popular it will be there — the source material has some popularity and to go along with that we also know Atwell has many fans from both Agent Carter and also Conviction over on ABC.
Here’s the unfortunate news: It’s really hard to see a Howards End season 2 happening unless there are some huge deviations from the source material or the producers effectively create something brand-new … and CarterMatt doesn’t see that happening. After all, you just have to remember that we’re talking about a network that never feels a lot of pressure to order more episodes of a show just because of popularity. This was always devised to be a miniseries — nothing more and nothing less. Changing that now would almost undo much of what’s been developed to date.
As a matter of fact, we would argue that it’s almost more important now than ever before to keep Howards End as a miniseries just to remind people that such a thing is possible. We say this given the apparent decision to expand Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale beyond the length of their source material; meanwhile, it seems as though USA is interested in more of The Sinner in America, though it will probably be a separate story and not a continuation of the source material in the same way. What The BBC should just do when looking towards the future of Howards End is adapting some other similar books — and maybe use some familiar cast members in the process.
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