The freshman series 'Surviving Evil' has been picked up for a second season by Investigation Discovery, TVGuide has exclusively learned. Additionally, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alum Charisma Carpenter has also signed on to return as the host of the show, which made its debut to the small screen last year.
The series — which showcases the real-life stories of men and women who have fought back against their attackers and lived to tell the tale — plans to shoot 10 more episodes and premiere later in 2014. Each true crime story is told in the survivor's own words, adding a further level of realism and bone-chilling truth to every tragedy.
For her part, Carpenter is proud of all the work she's put into the series. "This is one of the most gratifying things I've ever done," Carpenter says to the site. "There's a real sense of giving people their dignity back. These are remarkable people."
During the first episode of 'Surviving Evil' last August, Carpenter revealed that she herself has been a victim of violence and went on to tell her own story. In 1991, the actress (22 years old at the time) was attacked and held at gunpoint at a San Diego beach by a rogue police officer. But like the guests that appear on the show, she too is a survivor.
The show ranked as Investigation Discovery's top-rated primetime series during the third quarter of 2013, and averaged 450,000 viewers among adults 25-54. So while we're not all that surprised it'll be returning for a second round, it's still great to hear. A show that allows brave survivors to finally have their say? Now that's a project we can get behind for years to come.