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USA Renews ‘Queen of the South’ for Season Two

New Showrunner Natalie Chaidez to Step In

It is not a so-called hit from a traditional Nielsen ratings perspective. But USA has greenlit scripted drama “Queen of the South” for a second season, with veteran writer-producer Natalie Chaidez (“12 Monkeys”) joining as showrunner. She will succeed Scott Rosenbaum who ran the first season.

Based on best-selling book “La Reina Del Sur” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, “Queen of The South” tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice 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 first season of “Queen of the South,” which concludes on Thursday, Sept. 15 after 13 initial episodes, has averaged 2.26 million total viewers based on the Live + 7 Day data.