Fox has renewed X-Men spinoff show The Gifted for a second season ahead of the series’ season finale in two weeks. The network revealed the renewal at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Set in the backdrop of the X-Men universe, the show features a world where public opinion of mutants is extremely negative. The series follows a suburban husband and wife, whose tranquil family life is interrupted by the revelation that their son and daughter are mutants themselves. Going on the run from the extremely mutant-hostile U.S. government, they connect with an underground mutant resistance, in the wake of the X-Men’s disappearance.
The series has been positively received by critics and fans. Ratings-wise, the series is averaging more than three million viewers live and on the same day as it airs. In the week after it airs, the show is watched by an average of 8.3 million viewers. That number would make the show the third-most-watched new drama for the Fall 2017 season.
The renewal of the X-Men-centric series comes just weeks after it was announced that Disney had acquired a sizable amount of 21st Century Fox’s assets. The acquisition includes 20th Century Fox Studios, joining the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the deal also includes Fox’s television production studios, which produce The Gifted, among other shows. The future of the series at Disney is unknown, although it has no overt connection to the MCU or the existing X-Men films. Disney was unable, by law, to acquire the FOX broadcast network itself, as it already owns ABC.
Check out our review of the latest episode of The Gifted below.