Over 1 million people watched the last episode of “The Brink,” helping the producers secure a renewal of the show for a second season. Meanwhile, HBO has released two promo videos of episode 6 that airs Wednesday.
According to a report by Deadline, the TV show was renewed after 1.06 million people watched the episode that aired July 19 in Live+ Same Day viewing. The numbers reportedly indicate a “small ratings uptick” for the show. The renewal is said to have come one day before the options of the cast members was about to expire.
The report also points out that the renewal has come just two weeks after the death of the show’s executive producer Jerry Weintraub. The late executive producer is said to have received the script of the show from Robert Benabib, who has worked on TV shows like “Ally McBeal” and “Weeds,” and his brother Kim Benabib.
The TV series is said to have been approved for production by the studio in four to five months after it was pitched. The report calls this an “unusually quick turnaround” by industry standards. “They don’t know how long I’m going to live, that’s why they picked it up so quickly,” Weintraub reportedly said at that time of the show’s approval. The executive producer was 77 at the time of his death.
“The Brink” tells the story of how U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) tries to stop a nuclear war in the Middle East with the help of a lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black.) HBO has two new promo videos of episode 6, showing what happens next on the show. [Spoiler alert]
The preview video of the episode shows that the President (Esai Morales) still wants Walter to come back to the U.S. Walter appeared to be failing in the last episode after the man he wanted to stage a coup in Pakistan was seen running away with the money the U.S. gave him. Meanwhile Alex tries to get on the good side of Fareeda (Melanie Kannokada) and continues to deal with Ambassador Kittredge (John Larroquette,) who is waiting for the end of the world.
A video clip from episode 6 of “The Brink” shows Walter begging his wife for help to stop a nuclear war by asking her to use her new job at the Pentagon to get some information. Walter promises to be nice to his wife’s sister in exchange for her help.