‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Already Tipped For Second Season, Possible Franchise With Paramount+

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“Special Ops: Lioness” is going to be an ongoing series, according to an interview published by Deadline, Wednesday.

The CIA-inspired drama series — the latest from “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan — has been developed as an ongoing series, according to comments from two of the show’s major producers. President and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios Chris McCarthy and 101 Studios CEO David Glasser appeared to be insanely excited for the series, with both making some pretty big claims about its intended success.

Firstly, Glasser told Deadline that “Special Ops: Lioness” was going to be an ongoing series. As soon as the Writers Guild of America strike concludes, Sheridan will be scripting season two (along with a slew of other series, no doubt).

McCarthy went a step further, saying that “there is going to be a ‘Special Ops’ universe,” within the existing Sheridan-universe at Paramount+. “It’s the beginning of a franchise, I hope.” (RELATED: The Streaming Industry Just Crippled Itself. Be Prepared For Major Ripple Effects)

Sheridan’s concept for “Special Ops” seemed like it was approved after a very brief phone call. It wasn’t long before a series of A-listers were lining up to take on producer and acting roles in the series, including heavyweights like Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman. While it is not uncommon for shows to receive one or even two-season renewals based upon initial screenings, the excitement behind this one is certainly more electric than most.

A few faces from the “Yellowstone” universe will also apparently appear in the show, as well as Britney Spears’ husband Sam Asghari. The first two episodes will premiere on Paramount+ on July 23rd.