There’s big news for Big Sky fans. Not only has the show been renewed for a third season by television network ABC, but Deadline reports that Supernatural alumn Jensen Ackles will be returning to the show as a series regular. The announcement comes off the back of Ackles’ planned debut appearance in the Big Sky season two finale.
Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick’s private detective characters of Cassie and Jenny will come across Jensen Ackles’ Beau Arlen when Ackles guest-stars in the season two finale of Big Sky. Arlen will make his bow as a deputy sheriff in the episode, and Ackles’ promotion to series regular in the next season would indicate this deputizing will become more permanent.
Big Sky debuted on ABC in 2020, the mystery-thriller is based on novels by C.J. Box. The first season of the show saw private detectives Cassie Dewell (Bunbury) and Jenny Hoyt (Winnick) investigate the disappearance of teenage girls in Helena, Montana. The second season began this previous fall and saw the private detectives unite once again, this time investigating the mystery of car wreckage that unravels into something far more sinister. The show was created by David E. Kelly and Elwood Reid performs the duties of showrunner and executive producer. Another guest star from the second season who will join Jensen Ackles as a season three regular is Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s waitress turned crime-family fraternizer, Tonya.
In the two seasons that have aired thus far of Big Sky, the critical reception of the show has been moderately positive, overall the show has a Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus score of 61% based on 28 critics’ reviews. As well as this, the show benefitted from multi-platform viewing with season two drawing in a strong viewership on digital platforms, which Showbiz Cheat Sheet reported back in March could indicate a season three renewal and it turns out their prediction was sound. Big Sky was joined by A Million Little Things, The Conners, Home Economics, and The Wonder Years in getting the green light on season renewals by ABC. It is also the second of two announcements of Jensen Ackles-related projects this week. The fifteen seasons of Supernatural veteran recently gained a series order on the prequel series of the hit show, dubbed The Winchesters, which Ackles executive produces and narrates. If Ackles’ slate wasn’t already full enough, he will also be making an entrance in Amazon Prime’s third season of The Boys as the new character Soldier Boy.
Fans will be able to see Jensen Ackles’ debut as deputy sheriff Beau Arlen in the May 19 season two finale of Big Sky “Catch a Few Fish” before returning for a season-long arc. There is no release date as of yet for the third season of Big Sky, but the 20th Television and A+E Studios production will likely make its season three premiere this fall if it is to replicate the release strategy of season two. Regardless of when the third season makes its debut, no doubt fans of Big Sky will be excited to see the show’s return and what Jensen Ackles can bring as a series regular.