beauty pageant thriller Senior 89 will return for a second season with new cast members on board. Lionsgate+, the premium international streaming service from STARZ (renamed Starzplay in September), today announced the renewal.
Set against the glamorous backdrop of 1980s Mexico, Season 1 of the original series launched earlier this year on Pantaya in the US and on Lionsgate+ in Latin America and Spain. He became the highest performing streamer of all time in Mexico, with an increase of more than 243% in viewership between the first episode and the finale.
Co-produced by Fremantle and Fábula with Lucia Puenzo returning as showrunner, production kicks off October 17 in Mexico City. Dolores Heredia and Yoshira Escárrega join the cast as series regulars. Heredia (El Galan) will be La Madrina, mother of the cartels, which sees power and influence in Jocelyne (Leidi Gutiérrez). Escarrega (Today La Sangre) arrives as Maribel Montaño, known as “La Santa” (The Saint).
In the first season of Señorita 89, Isabel (Natasha Dupeyrón, who made her US film debut in September) was crowned and Concepción’s (Ilse Salas) La Encantada empire crumbled. The second season moves to the 90s as Mexico’s two main television networks battle to impose the next queen, at a time when efforts to revolutionize the beauty pageant to be more inclusive of contestants with darker skin then that potential winners are at stake.
“After the incredible reception of the first season, both in Mexico and in the rest of the world, it was an immense joy to receive confirmation that there would be a second season,” said Lucia Puenzo, showrunner and screenwriter of the series. “In the second season, our protagonists have understood that you get nothing by asking for forgiveness or permission. They are ready to set fire to all limits, borders, privileges… and to break stereotypes once and for all who say that only princesses have the right to exist.”
Puenzo and Salas talked about the series’ backdrop ahead of the Season 1 premiere and how it “addresses a lot of very relevant issues, such as social conditioning, beauty stereotypes, objectification, and sexualization of women.
In addition to Salas, Dupeyrón and Gutiérrez, returning cast members include Ximena Romo, Juan Manuel Bernal (Monarch), Luis Ernesto Franco (False identity), Edwarda Gurrola (Soy Tu Fan: La Película), Coty Camacho (Desenfrenadas), Juan Carlos Vives (Mr Avila) and Aida Lopez (Monarch).
This eight-episode second season is produced by Pablo Larraín, Juan de Dios Larraín, Ángela Poblete and Mariane Hartard of Fabula and Christian Vesper in Fremantle. Lucía Puenzo, writes and directs. Also directed by: Nicolás Puenzo, Silvia Quer and Jimena Montemayor. Fremantle will be in charge of international distribution.
Senior 89 will be available on LIONSGATE+ in Latin America and Spain. It is not yet known whether he will return to Pantaya, which was acquired by TelevisaUnivision in September.