Jason Momoa’s new series hasn’t even debuted yet on Netflix (or its home on Discovery Canada), but the streaming service is so confident in Frontier, it’s already given the greenlight for a second season.
Momoa, who will portray Aquaman in upcoming DC Comics films and probably best known before that for his single-season role in Game of Thrones, is Declan Harp, a ruthless 19th century fur trader. He works in a highly volatile area of North America where natives and Europeans are constantly clashing.
The series the first original scripted drama for Discovery Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and one its general manager Ken MacDonald feels comfortable taking a two-season risk.
“As we started to see this cinematic, well-cast and meticulously produced series come to life as we’d dared imagine for Season 1, we knew we’d created a uniquely immersive world and story that begged for expansion to a second season. Our decision to begin filming another six episodes before the series’ world premiere is a testament to our confidence in Frontier‘s world-class storytelling.”
Starring with Momoa are Landon Liboiron, Alun Armstrong, Allan Hawco and Jessica Matten. It was created by Peter Blackie and Rob Blackie, the man behind the Canadian series Republic of Doyle that ran for six seasons and also starred Hawco. That crime drama was deliberately kept off the international radar its first four seasons to help the show stay focused exclusively on its Canadian setting.
Momoa first broke into the acting scene in 2001 as a member of the Baywatch cast before moving on to a more prominent role on Syfy’s Stargate: Atlantis. He played Khal Drogo, a head of the horse-worshipping Dothraki people in Game of Thrones, the first (and so far only) husband of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen.
Frontier will debut on Canada Discovery in November, and the rest of the world through Netflix in early 2017.
Despite its name, Discovery Communications – which owns the Discovery Channel in the United States – has just a minority stake in the Canadian channel. Instead, it’s owned primarily by CTV Specialty Television, a division of Canada’s Bell Media.
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