There will officially be more love after Love After Lockup! WE tv announced today that their new prison romance reality series will be returning for an expanded 10-episodes season in 2019.
The announcement comes just four weeks into the show’s inaugural 7-episode run. Marc Juris, president of WE tv, praised the new series and expressed the network’s excitement: “The success of Love After Lockup demonstrates that a great concept, executed well with characters and stories that resonate with viewers can still break through the clutter,” he says. “The organic growth we’re seeing from week-to-week has been extremely encouraging and validates the potential we saw for this series from the beginning.”
The WE tz prez then does a little hip flexing by making a prison joke! “We are so pleased to be moving ahead with an expanded second season as we head to the dramatic season one finale of a show we hope will do ’10 to life’ on WE tv.” ***ZING*** Unlike some of the cast members, you have to admire Marc Juris’ conviction. ***DOUBLE ZING***
It doesn’t state it clearly in the press release, but I assume that the second season will be much like Sharp Entertainment’s other romance reality franchise, 90 Day Fiance, and will introduce all new couples. Of course, Sharp has a history of showing flexibility in service to demand, so I’m going to predict a hybrid with at least one couple from Season 1 returning. I can’t safely make a prediction as to which couple, however, because it is still VERY unclear which — if any — of the current couples are going to still be together after the first seven episodes!
Of course, what the fans are REALLY clamoring for is a Love After Lockup spinoff series about someone who would never get caught in the first place, Mary’s mustachioed Canadian hoodie bro! Speaking of which, I thought it might be fun to start a little hash tag game of #NameThatVillain in which we try to come up with this sly feller’s comic book bad guy moniker:
My three submissions:
Hoodley Do Wrong
Here is more from the press release, including a whole bunch of viewership numbers that would seem to indicate that, despite starting off slow, Love After Lockup is building up steam — and fast!
“LOVE AFTER LOCKUP,” FASTEST-GROWING NEW CABLE SERIES OF 2018, RENEWED FOR AN EXPANDED SECOND SEASON WEEKS AHEAD OF SEASON ONE FINALE
Docuseries Focused On Couples Who Found Love When One Partner Was Behind Bars Has Grown 86 Percent In Women 25-54 And 62 Percent In Adults 25-54 In First Four Weeks
Series Has Helped Fuel Double-Digit Growth At WE tv In Key Demos, With Adults 18-49 Up 31 Percent In Prime Time, Year-Over-Year
NEW YORK, NY – February 9, 2018 – WE tv announced today that its hit new series, “Love After Lockup” has been renewed for an expanded second season just four weeks into its initial 7-episode run. The fastest-growing new cable series for 2018 has grown audience every week since its premiere in women 25-54, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 – already up 86 percent among women 25-54 and 62 percent among adults 25-54 from the premiere in Nielsen live+3 ratings.
“Love After Lockup” and other WE tv originals have driven double-digit growth for WE tv in all key demographics from a year ago, remarkable performance in this competitive environment. The network in prime time live+3 Nielsen ratings is up 31 percent in adults 18-49 (#2 in all of ad-supported entertainment cable), 28 percent in women 18-49 (#3 in ad-supported entertainment cable) and 26 percent in adults 25-54 (#4 in ad-supported entertainment cable), year-over-year.
And don’t miss the rest of Love After Lockup Season 1! You can get on board the momentum train with new episodes airing Friday nights at 10/9c on WE tv.