While the news won’t be much of a surprise for his many millions of worldwide fans, the renewal should be a welcomed headline for motorcycle enthusiasts. In the debut season of “Ride with Norman Reedus” the actor and his guests enjoyed motorcycle adventures which took in the local flavor on their travels, rode the bike of the future, visited a moonshine distillery, met with a high voodoo priestess and raced porta-potties.
The actor’s fans left nothing to chance concerning a possible renewal however, even as the credits rolled on the final episode of season one a social media campaign was starting. Using hashtags of #renewridewithnormanreedus, #wewantseason2 and #saveridewithnormanreedus many of the actor’s 2.8 million twitter followers maintained a polite social insistence Norman Reedus should take to the open road again, black SUV in tow.
“The reaction to ‘Ride’ has been incredibly positive. I am glad to be able to show audiences a different side of me and we have gotten a great response to the candid conversation and the fact that it’s obviously not scripted,” said Reedus. “I feel like we are just getting started and there are so many amazing places we have yet to go - the opportunities for the show are endless.”
Season one featured actor Balthazar Getty, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Mastodon singer/guitarist Brent Hinds, artist Jake Lamagno, custom bike builder Jason Paul Michaels, and artist/biker Imogen Lehtonen journeying to locales such as Death Valley, the Pacific Coast Highway, Appalachia, Louisiana, Texas and the Florida Keys. The season finale featured the legendary actor Peter Fonda, whose film Easy Rider first inspired Reedus to start riding motorcycles.
A highlight and memorable finish to season one for Reedus, hanging with Peter Fonda - Source AMC
The blend of road trips and stars seemed to work, over six episodes season one of “Ride” averaged 800k total viewers per episode including 434k adults 25-54 in Nielsen live+7 ratings.
"We're so excited to continue this journey with Norman Reedus,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Norman's love of motorcycles and adventure, and his ability to connect with people are the drivers of this series, and we look forward to more great Rides next season.”
Slated for 2017, season two will again consist of six one-hour episodes featuring “The Walking Dead” actor and motorcycle and travel enthusiast Reedus as he takes viewers back on the open road to journey to amazing places and sample local cultures.
Who will appear with Reedus in the second series is a hot topic with fans. Some names are more or less guaranteed to make the cut, such as the latest addition and baddest bad-guy on the Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan who has stepped into the role of Negan.
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Aside from Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s motorcycle passions pre-dating his joining the AMC show, he and Reedus reportedly have a strong bromance going on, riding together all over Georgia where the show is filmed as well as in parts of upper-state New York. In typical social media fashion, they have their own hashtag, #Mordus, which is an amalgamation of Morgan and Reedus.
As for sincerity and authenticity, bikers who may wonder how much Reedus enjoys time in the saddle should understand the actor is known to ride to the set of ‘The Walking Dead’ every day and is even taking part in a charity motorcycle event this coming weekend. The Georgia Entertainment Film Industry Benefit Ride For Make-A Wish Georgia takes place Saturday, September 24th, beginning and ending at Thunder Tower West Harley-Davidson. With tickets starting at $25 and so much filming now taking place in Georgia, participants could easily see a pack of famous faces.
For fans and motorcycle enthusiasts who can’t wait for the 2017 season of 'Ride with Norman Reedus', Clutch and Chrome has a slew of articles from covering the first season as well as two podcasts with some of Reedus’ most ardent followers, previewing the series and discussing the final episode.