“Queen of the South” has been renewed for season two, Variety has learned. Natalie Chaidez has also signed on to join the series in its second season as executive producer and showrunner.
The drama set in the world of Mexican drug cartels is based on the book “La Reina Del Sur,” which inspired the hugely popular telenovela on Telemundo, USA’s Spanish-language sister network. “Queen of the South” stars Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, a woman who inadvertently becomes drawn into the world of high-stakes drug trafficking when her drug-dealer boyfriend is murdered.
The first season spans 13 episodes, and is set to finish its run on Sept. 15. The show opened to 1.39 million viewers, and though the audience has slightly dipped throughout the run, it’s held steady with the most recent episode attracting 1.2 million viewers.
Chaidez served as executive producer on Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” and as co-executive producer on Fox’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and NBC’s “Heroes.” She also worked as a consulting producer on USA’s “Necessary Roughness” and “In Plain Sight.” Chaidez takes over as showrunner from Scott Rosenbaum.
“Queen of the South” is one of USA Network’s many new dramas on the growing slate of originals, joining the critical breakout “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Eyewitness,” “Falling Water” and “Shooter,” which debuts this fall.
“Queen of the South” hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Writers M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller exec producer with David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield.