By Rick Porter
January 31, 2023
NBC’s time-hopping drama La Brea will continue into the future.
The network has picked up a third season of the sci-fi series from creator and showrunner David Appelbaum. The early renewal for La Brea on Tuesday comes a few hours before the series begins the back half of its 14-episode second season.
The series is averaging about 5.37 million viewers per episode (including a week of Nielsen-measured delayed viewing, but not including streaming) in season two, along with a 0.6 rating (equivalent to about 783,000 people) in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49. Those figures are down from 7.43 million and 0.9 for season one, when La Brea was the top new drama of 2021-22 in the 18-49 demo.
Natalie Zea and Eoin Macken head the cast as a couple separated after a massive sinkhole opens at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, transporting Zea’s Eve Harris and her son, Josh (Jack Martin) to a primeval world. Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Zyra Gorecki, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie, Tonantzin Carmelo and Michelle Vergara Moore also star.
Universal Television and Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, both part of Universal Studio Group, produce La Brea in association with Keshet Studios (the series films in Australia). Appelbaum executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Chris Hollier, Adam Davidson, Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lilien, Ken Woodruff and Arika Lisanne Mittman.
La Brea is the second show to earn a place on NBC’s 2023-24 slate, joining the Quantum Leap revival.