The second season of the crime drama television series "Wentworth" premiered on May 20, 2014, on the Australian network SoHo. The season, consisting of 12 episodes, was executive produced by Jo Porter, Fremantle Media's director of drama. The storyline continues three months after Bea Smith's actions in the previous season, including the murder of Jacs Holt, and the rise of Franky Doyle as the top dog among the inmates. The introduction of a new governor, Joan Ferguson, brings further complexity to the season's events. The season received an average IMDb rating of 8.4-9.5 and garnered nominations and awards.
Wentworth was commissioned for a second season on 5 June 2013. The executive director of Foxtel Television, Brian Walsh, stated of the renewal, "Wentworth's bold storytelling has attracted a record-breaking response from our Foxtel customers. This drama, tailor-made for Australian subscription television, is capturing local and international attention sparked by its prisoner heritage." The director of production company, Fremantle Media Australia, and executive producer of Wentworth, Jo Porter, stated, "We have assembled an extraordinary team of writers who can't wait to get started on season two. We have so many more stories to tell."
Filming for the 12-part second season began on a purposely built set in Clayton, Victoria, Melbourne on 23 September 2013 and wrapped on 13 February 2014.
Amanda Crittenden stayed on as Wentworth's producer. Kevin Carlin and Catherine Millar will return as directors and will be joined by Pino Amenta, Steve Jodrell, and Dee McLachlan. Marcia Gardner will become the script producer and be a part of the writing team alongside Tim Hobart, Pete McTighe, and John Ridley.
It was revealed that iconic Prisoner character Joan "The Freak" Ferguson, a sinister lesbian prison officer, would be introduced in the second season. Porter commented, "Prisoner offered up a very rich well of amazing characters to draw upon, and the Wentworth writers are very excited about revisiting the character of prison officer Joan 'The Freak' Ferguson in our second season." On 21 September 2013, it was confirmed that Pamela Rabe had been cast as Joan Ferguson.
Kris McQuade (Jacs Holt), Catherine McClements (Meg Jackson), and Leeanna Walsman (Erica Davidson) did not reprise their respective roles for the second season. Katrina Milosevic, who portrays Sue "Boomer" Jenkins, was upgraded to the main cast, as was Rabe.
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