Q: Are there any updates on the second season of "The Night Manager"?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Yes, but they amount to the same lack of a conclusion we had before. The bottom line is we still don't know if it will happen.

"The Night Manager," starring Tom Hiddleston ("Avengers: Endgame," 2019), Hugh Laurie ("House") and Olivia Colman ("The Crown"), originally aired as a miniseries on AMC here and the BBC in the U.K., an adaptation of the John le Carré novel of the same name. It was a huge critical and popular hit, though, so naturally the networks and fans wanted more.

The question was then, and still is, can/will they make another season without source material to draw from?

The latest news is that the head writer and director of the first season have both said they won't participate in a second. Director Susanne Bier and writer David Farr both have the same concerns about a second run: They're afraid of doing, in Bier's words (taken from an interview with DigitalSpy.com), "something that does not live up to the level of Season 1. That would be a really bad idea."

Nonetheless, there was great optimism a year ago, when the producers announced that they had hired a team of writers for the second season -- it didn't include Farr, but it did feature Charles Cumming, another spy novelist whom many have called the next le Carré.

Cumming said in an interview on the spy-lit podcast Spybrary that le Carré had given his blessing to a second season, and that "we did quite a good job and we are nearly there."

Yes, that was a year ago and there's been no word of progress since, but bear in mind the first season aired three years ago, so no one seems to be in any rush.

So, again, this is all a long way of saying no one knows if there will be a second season or not.


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