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CBS Renews Salvation For Second Season

The CBS summer drama Salvation is here to stay. 

Variety confirms that the network has renewed the series for a second season, which will run for 13 episodes and premiere in the summer of 2018. 

Created by Elizabeth Kruger, Matt Wheeler, and Craig Shapiro, Salvation centers around Liam Cole (played by Red Band Society actor Charlie Rowe), a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who brings Pentagon press secretary Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) a shocking discovery. With the help of billionaire tech wizard Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera), Liam informs his colleagues that an asteroid is six months away from smashing into Earth. The team must work with Assistant Secretary of Defense Harris Edwards (Ian Anthony Dale) to find a way to steer the asteroid out of Earth's trajectory, put an end to the burgeoning threat of nuclear war, and save humanity before it's too late. 

Salvation also stars Jacqueline Byers as science fiction writer Jillian Hayes, Jeffrey Nordling as Jillian's father Daniel Hayes, Rachel Drance as Grace's daughter Zoe Barrows, Mark Moses as Grace's father Hugh Keating, Shazi Raja as investigative reporter Amanda Neel, Dennis Boutsikaris as Malcolm Croft, Erica Luttrell as Claire Rayburn, Tovah Feldshuh as President Pauline Mackenzie, Sasha Roiz as Vice President Bennett, Josette Jorge as Darius' assistant Karissa, and John Noble as Darius' uncle Nicholas Tanz, among others. 

Creators Kruger, Wheeler, and Shapiro executive produce the series alongside Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Stuart Gillard, and Peter Lenkov for CBS Television Studios. Salvation season one brought in decent ratings over the summer, averaging a 0.52 rating in the adults aged 18 to 49 years old demographic. It also pulled in an average 3.5 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings. The series currently holds a 56 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is outweighed by an 84 percent score from audience members.