USA renews Queen of the South with a new showrunner
USA Network confirmed a second season renewal for the popular drama Queen of the South. The second season will debut with a new showrunner, this time with Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys). The series stars Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”), and is based on the novel “La Reina Del Sur,” by internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
The series is a co-production from Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. The series is currently airing on USA Network on Thursday nights, with its season one finale scheduled to air Thursday, September 15 at 10/9c. The series has delivered an average of 2.26MM total viewers, and has become a popular summer hit on the network since its debut.
Showrunner Chaidez was executive producer for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and is known for her work as co-executive producer on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Heroes.” Other credits include consulting producer on USA’s Necessary Roughness and In Plain Sight.
Queen of the South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.
The series also stars Verónica Falcón (“Besos de Azúcar”) as Camila Vargas, Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as Brenda Parra, Peter Gadiot (“Tut”) as James Valdez, Hemky Madera (“Weeds”) as Pote Galvez and Gerardo Taracena (“Apocalypto”) as Cesar “Batman” Guemes. Guest stars include Joaquim de Almeida (“Our Brand is Crisis”), Jon Ecker (“Narcos”) and James Martinez (“Breaking Bad”). The season one finale features special guest star Rafael Amaya (“El Señor de los Cielos”) in a crossover appearance as Aurelio Casillas.
Queen of the South is executive produced by David T. Friendly (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Courage Under Fire”). The drama is developed by M.A. Fortin & Joshua John Miller (“The Final Girls”). Fox 21 Television Studios developed and produced the pilot, and runs lead on the co-production with Universal Cable Productions.