Apple’s alternate history drama For All Mankind isn’t returning for its second season until February, but the company has announced that the show will continue into a third season. Deadline reports that production on the series is expected to resume sometime next spring.
The series is set in a slightly different timeline than ours: in the show’s 1969, the Soviet Union unexpectedly beat the US to the Moon, and kicks off a fierce space race as both nations work to set up their own bases on the surface. Along the way, NASA recruits women and people of color into the program in an effort to bolster its astronaut corps.
The show comes from Ronald D. Moore, who’s best known for creating the SCIFI Channel’s Battlestar Galactica, as well as Starz’s Outlander. In the first season, we follow several astronauts as they first come to grips with the training process to become astronauts, and then encounter further challenges as they establish a Moon base and contend with months of isolation on the surface.
Moore has talked about how he and his writers plotted out a seven-year plan for the series, and it seems as though Apple is happy enough with the show to keep it going.
Earlier this summer, Apple released a trailer for the upcoming second season, teasing a time jump to the 1980s, and an escalation of the Cold War that might see armed conflict on the lunar surface. That season will debut on February 19th, 2021 on Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV +. Presumably, season 3 will launch at some point in 2022.