'The Cleaner' Gets Another Season
'The Cleaner' Gets Another Season
Fans of A&E’s The Cleaner will be glad to know that the series has been picked up for another season.  The show, which debuted in July and recently concluded earlier this month, will return to production soon to film 13 fresh episodes, which will serve as its second season airing in early 2009.  The Cleaner stars Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, a recovering drug addict who makes a deal with God to turn his back on his drug dependencies following the birth of his daughter.

The Cleaner is loosely based on the life of Warren Boyd, an addiction counselor who has helped celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Courtney Love and Whitney Houston.  The show is A&E’s first original drama in several years and has successfully garnered 4.2 million viewers per week.  This figure also includes an average of 2.2 million viewers in the key demographic of 18-49-year-olds.

"’The Cleaner' has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first season," Bob DeBitetto, A&E's president and general manager, said in a statement.  "Its authentic, dramatic storytelling combined with superb acting, led by an exceptional performance by Benjamin Bratt, has struck a chord with A&E viewers.  It is exactly the sort of high quality, engaging programming that our fans have come to expect."

A&E adds that The Clean has doubled key demo ratings from the network’s two previous drama series, Nero Wolfe and 100 Centre Street.  The show is created by Jonathan Price, the man behind the Emmy Award-winning series American Dreams and is part of A&E’s campaign to promote original dramatic programming.  Price most recently served as the executive producer and showrunner for CBS’ Cane, and served as director and producer for the series Blossom.  His other credits include Party of Five, Dream On, the Hallmark television movie The Great Mom Swap and the Emmy-winning CBS School Break special Word Up (which he also co-wrote), as well as the Disney feature film Camp Nowhere.

Catch Jonathan Prince’s The Cleaner as it returns to television in early 2009.

-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: A&E, Zap2It
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