YouTube Red is going back to the dojo.
The subscription service has handed out a quick season-two renewal for its Karate Kid sequel, Cobra Kai, days after its May 4 debut.
The half-hour comedy featuring original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka stepping into the roles that made them famous and bringing the Karate Kid franchise to a new, younger generation. Since its debut, YouTube says the first episode has generated more than 20 million views. (YouTube Red, like other subscription services, does not release viewership information.) The 10-episode second season will begin production in the fall and return to YouTube Red in 2019.
"This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry and the talented original stars," said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube. "The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchise has been nothing short of amazing, and we're thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season."
The series is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down-and-out Johnny (Zabka) who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita).
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