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Just one day after the sophomore season debut of acclaimed drama "Killing Eve," the BBC America series has been renewed for a third season.

The news was announced on Monday at an AMC Networks summit, where it was also revealed that "Killing Eve" would be getting a new showrunner for season three. Unlike with other series, however, where a revolving door of EPs is a major creative red flag, this is a tradition for "Killing Eve," which has plans in place to install a new head female writer every year it remains on the air.

Taking over showrunner duties for season three will be British writer Suzanne Heathcote ("Fear the Walking Dead"). She follows season two EP Emerald Fennell, and season one EP Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created the series.

"I’m very excited that the 'Killing Eve' baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for season three," Waller-Bridge said in a statement. "We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands."

"Killing Eve" has been a success since its launch last year, scoring glowing reviews, lots of awards season attention, and -- most crucially -- excellent ratings. The series stars Sandra Oh as the titular MI6 agent, who becomes obsessed with the psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

According to AMC Networks president Sarah Barnett, handing "Killing Eve" such an early renewal is "a sign of confidence," since "we adore this show as much as our fans do."

"'Killing Eve doesn’t do anything in a templated way; we love giving opportunity to three genius women to make their mark," Barnett added.

One other way the show has bucked convention is by being simulcast this season by both original network BBC America, and sister net AMC, in an attempt to bring more viewers to the series. With its latest renewal, it will get even more opportunities to do just that.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]