Looks like Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) will be taking on another case, with Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, announcing on Wednesday that the mystery-drama will be returning for a second season. "It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind Perry Mason," said Orsi. "Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930's Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season." The news comes as no surprise ratings-wise, with the series debuting as the cable network's most-watched series premiere in nearly two years (besting both Watchmen and The Outsider), with the first episode having been screened by over 8 million viewers. While no time frame for the series' return was mentioned, look for late-2021 as a possible premiere window.
HBO's Perry Mason also stars John Lithgow as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason; Juliet Rylance as Della Street, E.B. Jonathan's creative and driven legal secretary; Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching to a hungry congregation and a radio audience across the country; Chris Chalk as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a knack for detective work; and Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, who is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations.
Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcón, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick also star. Executive producers include Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and director Timothy Van Patten. Aida Rodgers co-executive produces, with Matthew Rhys producing. Created by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, the series is based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.