Freeform renews 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' for a second season
Fans of 'Cloak & Dagger' can rejoice, with Freeform confirming that the show will be returning for a second season in spring 2019.
'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' has been renewed for a second season at the Disney-owned cable network Freeform, putting an end to fans' speculation and fears the show would be axed. The good news was delivered by the panel at the show's first appearance at the San Diego International Comic-Con this past week, with the series set to begin airing a new round of 10-episodes for its upcoming season in spring 2019.
Fans gathered in Ballroom 20 at the Comic-Con on Friday were the first recipients of the news, with stars Olivia Holt (Tandy Bowen/Dagger), Aubrey Joseph (Tyrone Johnson/Cloak), Emmy Lahana (Brigid O' Reilly), and Ally Maki (Mina Hess) appearing alongside executive producers Joe Pokaski — who also created the show and serves as showrunner —and Jeph Loeb to make the announcement.
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 'Cloak & Dagger' follows Bowen and Johnson, two teenagers who acquire superpowers after a life-changing event that revolved around the collapse of the Roxxon Gulf Platform. The pair forms a romantic relationship and soon realize that their powers work better when they are together. However, their feelings will make their already complicated world even more challenging.
Described as a 'superhero love story,' Variety predicted the show would be 'a seamless fit' for Freeform given its target audience of "Becomers" (the 14-34 age demographic). That prediction came true soon enough, with the 'Cloak & Dagger' series premiere ranking as the network's No. 1 series debut in more than two years, collecting 4.4 million viewers across all platforms (with 35 days of DVR), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Furthermore, the series also ranked as the No. 1 new cable drama of the summer amongst the network's key women 18-34 and 12-34 demos and was their highest-ever debut amongst male viewers between the age of 18 and 49.
The renewal will no doubt be music to the ears of Marvel executives who have seen the studio's television portfolio slowly expand over the past few years. Besides the Netflix series such as 'Daredevil,' 'Jessica Jones,' 'Luke Cage,' 'Iron Fist,' 'The Defenders,' and 'The Punisher,', Marvel also boasts of 'The Runaways' on Hulu, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' on ABC, 'Legion' on Fox, and 'The Gifted' on Fox.
'Cloak & Dagger' also bolsters an already strong line-up featuring the likes of 'Grown-ish,' 'The Bold Type,' 'Siren,' 'Alone Together,' and the upcoming 'Fosters' spinoff 'Good Behavior' and 'Pretty Little Liars' spinoff 'The Perfectionists' on Freeform. The network is also set to add Kenya Barris multi-camera series 'Besties' to its slate having given the go-ahead for the same recently.