ABC opts to renew For Life for Season 2

Freshman legal drama For Life is coming back for another season. It’s one of the latest renewals, this time at the hands of ABC.

There aren’t too many TV shows still left with unknown fates. It’s mostly about ABC and NBC bubble shows, one of which has learned some good news. For Life is coming back for a second season.

ABC made the decision to renew the legal drama. For some, it may come as a surprise considering Emergence was canceled. According to TVLine, the series is second-to-bottom in the audience among all ABC shows, with only Baker and the Beauty taking the bottom spot. However, it’s performing well in the demo, sitting sixth out of all shows.

Arguably, it’s the demo that matters the most. These are the figures the advertisers pay more attention to.

A timely series worth renewing

In all honesty, this is one of those shows that deserved a renewal. It’s a timely show that offers much more than a legal drama to get your teeth stuck into.

For Life is based on the real life of Isaac Wright Jr., although the lead character played by Nicholas Pinnock is named Aaron Wallace. Aaron was convicted of a drug trafficking crime that he didn’t commit and is serving a life sentence with no chance for parole. During his time in prison, he earned his license to practice law and works as a defense attorney. As he helps his fellow inmates, he works on getting his own conviction overturned.

That’s where the first season finale left us. Aaron was left wondering whether to push forward with a retrial on his own case.

The focus of the show is about racial inequality in the broken justice system. Right now, the Black Lives Matter protests continue to highlight the real broken system, which is full of systemic racism. Renewing the series is possibly in part to help keep the focus on the flawed system, on corruption that needs changing. ABC certainly did the right thing with this show.

ABC is one of the few networks still to unveil its plans for the fall schedule. For Life worked well as a 13-episode drama to keep things contained, and ABC may decide to keep the show in the midseason at another 13-episode season.

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For Life is available to stream on Hulu.