NBC Sets Taken Season 2 Premiere Date

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This post contains SPOILERS for Taken season 1.

NBC has set the premiere date for the second season of Taken. The series is based on the movie trilogy of the same name written and produced by Luc Besson and starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. In the movies, Mills is a retired CIA operative who finds himself in several different violent situations while struggling to protect his family. With Clive Standen playing a younger version of the character on television, the TV series explores Mills' past.

The Taken TV series began with the death of Mills' sister, leading him into conflict with her murderer, Carlos Mejia. Mills soon got a job with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) under the direction of Jennifer Beals' Cristina Hart. While fighting terrorist threats, Mills had to deal with his own personal demons, including a desire to seek revenge on Mejia.

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NBC has announced the lineup for their scripted shows set to premiere in the midseason. Taken season 2 will premiere on Friday, January 12. The show aired on Mondays during season 1 and was originally supposed to premiere in the fall before being pushed back to the midseason.

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When the series returns, fans can expect a very different show from the 10-episode first season. It was reported in June that six series regulars had left the series: Gaius Charles (John), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Cantillo (Dave), James Landry Hebert (Rem) and Brooklyn Sudano (Asha). Five of the six played members of Mills' team while Sudano played Mills' love interest. The major shakeup leaves only the two leads, Standen and Beals, as part of the main cast.

Season 2 of Taken adds new series regulars with Adam Goldberg and The Flash's Jessica Camacho. Goldberg will play Kilroy, "a gray hat hacker who is eccentric and intelligent and wields a droll sense of humor" while Camacho will play the role of Santana, "a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado."

The cast isn't the only thing that's being changed for season 2. Showrunner Alex Cary has been replaced by Person of Interest executive producer Greg Plageman. The idea behind the change was to give the show a stronger procedural element in an effort to make the show more like NBC's other hit shows: The Blacklist and Blindspot. Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the show's return after the season 1 cliffhanger which saw Mills - in defiance of his superiors - shoot and kill Mejia.

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Taken season 2 premieres on Friday, January 12, on NBC.

Source: NBC (via Deadline)

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