Showtime Reactivates 'Sleeper Cell'
Second season will begin filming this summerLOS ANGELES --
The pay-cable network has ordered a second batch of episodes for the show, which earned a Golden Globe nomination this year for best miniseries. Michael Ealy and Oded Fehr will once again star, and series creators Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff will also return.
"'Sleeper Cell' became an instant signature show for us and has all the hallmarks of great premium cable," Showtime Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt says. "It's relevant, fearless and unlike anything else on television."
Praised by critics for its unsettling realism, "Sleeper Cell" told the story of an FBI agent (Ealy) and practicing Muslim who went undercover to infiltrate a Los Angeles-based terrorist cell led by Fehr's character. Showtime aired the 10-hour arc as a miniseries over two weeks in December.
The finale left just enough questions open for the show to return. Production on the second "Sleeper Cell," which will run eight hours, is scheduled to begin in the summer; Showtime hasn't set a premiere date or said how it plans to air the series.