Why Taken Is Making Large Adjustments Heading Into Season 2

Do not name it a reboot. Consider it extra as a reimagining, or a reconceptualization. That is proper, when NBC’s Taken returns to the airwaves in January for its second season (on January 12, to be particular), this system will probably be a heading in a new direction beneath the steering of govt producer Greg Plageman, the showrunner for this second dash. Lately, CinemaBlend traveled to the Toronto set of Taken to search out out what was in retailer for Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) and his explicit set of expertise, and within the course of, we heard from Plageman why he thought the present wanted a repurposing. He defined:

What I used to be extra desirous about is that this franchise hewing nearer to the movie franchise. I believe everyone form of felt that. And I believe that was what drew me to the present, desirous to focus the present a bit bit extra on Bryan Mills’ character. … For me, I really like the resourcefulness of Bryan Mills from the movies. He was a man, clearly, he was extra of a father determine, together with his daughter being taken within the unique movie. It instantly creates this private form of drive to get her again that everybody can relate to. He is clearly a person able to excessive violence. Everyone knows of his very particular talent set. Nevertheless it’s all in service of one thing private. And that is very tough to proceed with in a tv present. What I need to do is, let’s refocus on Bryan Mills, let’s examine that resourcefulness, let’s examine that man who, when thrust right into a sure state of affairs, can take the mantle of another person’s state of affairs on, and make the state of affairs proper for them.

Taken, which made its debut on NBC with a 10-episode run in 2017, acted as an origin story of types for the character Liam Neeson brought to life in three earlier Taken movies. We knew that Bryan Mills (performed within the present by Clive Standen) was a resourceful former inexperienced beret with a particular set of expertise who routinely put them to violent makes use of within the motion pictures. Within the first season of the tv present, Mills was overcoming a personal tragedy involving his sister, and people private stakes carried the load of the debut season.

However as Taken showrunner Greg Plageman elaborated, it isn’t possible for the storylines to be private to Bryan Mills each week:

It needs to be one thing the place we get invested in the person who’s been wronged [each week], after which [Bryan] takes up the mantle of that, in addition to the remainder of our workforce.

The significance of that workforce will probably be centered round Jennifer Beals’ character, Christina Hart — the one different first season character to return. When discussing why it was very important to convey Hart again, Plageman informed us:

I believe, additionally, Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals) coming to the conclusion like, ‘Oh, I received a distinct animal right here.’ We’re refocusing the present round this, understanding that for us, the present needs to be in some methods extra about prevention. If we are able to anticipate the factor that is about to go calamitous, then Bryan can come and he will be that blunt instrument that is available in there. However then now we have these different characters too which might be providing a talent set that enables [Bryan] to do what he does finest.

We can have much more on Taken heading into its second season, together with particulars on new characters performed by Adam Goldberg and Jessica Camacho. For now, this is the newest poster for the brand new season:

Taken poster

Taken will maintain its second season premiere on Friday, January 12, at 9 pm EST. There will probably be 16 episodes this season, which is six greater than final yr. What is going to Taken do with all of this new actual property? We’re excited to search out out.

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