Today, the network officially confirmed that they are bringing the series (which stars Wyatt Russell as a happy-go-lucky neophyte lodge member named Dud) back for a second season. While the ratings for season 1 have not been altogether fantastic, Lodge 49 does remain a critical favorite and we feel like this is the sort of series that can dramatically build upon its established audience over time. It has a great premise, strong performances, and above all else is a joy to watch one week after the next. It’s perfect for binge-watching, and that may help to amplify some of its ratings for next season.
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In a statement, David Madden, programming president for AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios, had the following to say about the pickup:
“’Lodge 49’ tells a funny, wise and meaningful story that immediately and deeply resonated with critics and viewers alike … With a talented cast including Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings and Sonya Cassidy, along with our strong creative team led by Jim Gavin and Peter Ocko, we are particularly proud of this series from both an AMC network and AMC Studios perspective and are looking forward to a return trip to the ‘Lodge.’”
Lodge 49 was created by Jim Gavin (read our full interview with him here) and is run by executive producer Peter Ocko. Both parties will be returning for season 2, as will hopefully much of the core cast. The timing for this renewal is certainly appropriate; there is one more episode set to air on Monday night, and this allows for the freedom for viewers to watch without worry as to whether or not the series will be coming back for more.
As a reviewer who’s been with this show from the beginning, getting more of Lodge 49 is tremendous news. In a world where so many shows are very similar, and also one where many of these said shows are also depressing, this remains a rather-welcome breath of fresh air. It is lighthearted, funny, and even at times hopeful despite Dud’s many misgivings. He routinely finds himself in trouble, but there is something quite wonderful in seeing how he pushes forward from that. This is a wonderfully-unique show worth checking out, provided that you haven’t already.
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