Apple TV+ renews the sci-fi epic ‘Foundation’ for a second season

Foundation is one of the biggest, boldest series on Apple TV+ right now. And that comes alongside another bombastic show like See (which is, for obvious reasons, far more grounded). The show based on the series of novels written by Isaac Asimov has a lot of story to tell, and it looks like one season is not going to cut it.

Today, Apple officially announced that it has renewed Foundation for a second season. This is happening just a couple of weeks after the first episode of the show premiered on Apple TV+. But, of course, this isn’t too surprising. Apple already pumped a lot of money to secure the show for its streaming service to begin with, so it wasn’t going to give up after just one season.

Plus, we’ve already heard that we could see more than 80 episodes in the show’s lifespan if all things work out. Which will require a few more seasons beyond just two.

Promotional artwork for the Apple TV+ science/fiction show "Foundation" based on stories by Isaac Asimov
Image credit: Apple

Foundation tells a large story. However, at its core, it tells “the stories of four crucial individuals transcending space and time as they overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.” The show’s produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), along with Skydance Television.

Matt Cherniss, the head of programming for Apple TV+, weighed in on the series:

We have been so excited to watch global audiences embrace the captivating, suspenseful and breathtaking thrill ride that is ‘Foundation,’ We know how long fans of these beloved Asimov stories have waited to see his iconic work brought to life as a visually spectacular event series and now we can’t wait to showcase even more of the richly layered world, compelling storytelling and stunning world-building that David S. Goyer has created in season two.

Goyer chimed in as well:

Since my childhood I’ve dreamed of how Hari Seldon and Eto Demerzel would look and sound — what Terminus and Trantor would feel like. Now, with season two, our audience will get to visit more of Asimov’s indelible characters and worlds, including Hober Mallow, General Bel Riose, and all the Outer Suns. I’m thrilled that a whole new generation of fans are reading Asimov’s brilliant masterwork. We’re playing the long game with ‘Foundation’ and I’m grateful to my partners at Apple and Skydance for entrusting me with this epic. Buckle up. We’re about to fold some serious space.

While the second season of the series has been given the green light, there’s no word on when production will start. The news comes on the eve of the premiere of the fourth episode of the first season, though. There are six episodes left to go in this season, which stars Jared Harris (The Terror) and Lee Pace (The Guardians of the Galaxy), among many others.

If you’ve been watching the first season, are you looking forward to seeing more?