Following ratings and critical success with the six-episode limited series, National Geographic has opted to turn their recent “The Hot Zone” thriller into an ongoing anthology series.
Julianna Margulies, Liam Cunningham, Topher Grace and Noah Emmerich led the cast of the first season with a story based on Richard Preston’s celebrated novel about the breakout of Ebola at a monkey house in Washington D.C.
Fox 21 TV Studios and Scott Free are in early talks with NatGeo about subsequent seasons with each to look at a different health-related crisis where science is a big factor in finding a solution to a potential epidemic.
The second season is said to be zeroing in on the post-9/11 anthrax crisis as its potential topic. No word yet on if any of the cast from the first season would return but all sides are said to be open to it.
The first season has become Nat Geo’s most-watched scripted series ever, seen by 9.33 million viewers across the premieres and repeats in L+7. It lifted Nat Geo’s viewership 350% above the previous six-week average and garnered strong reviews.