‘Imposters’ star Inbar Lavi will return in 2018
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‘Imposters’ star Inbar Lavi will return in 2018

Fans of the top-rated criminal dramedy series and its beautiful Israeli lead rejoice: cable channel Bravo has ordered a second helping, out next year

Yaakov Schwartz is The Times of Israel's deputy Jewish World editor.

Israeli actress Inbar Lavi, star of 'Imposters,' which has recently been picked up for a second season on Bravo. (Wikimedia commons/Benny Hadad)
Israeli actress Inbar Lavi, star of 'Imposters,' which has recently been picked up for a second season on Bravo. (Wikimedia commons/Benny Hadad)

Well, that was quick. Fans of Israeli actress Inbar Lavi can rejoice – less than a week after freshman Bravo series “Imposters” aired its season finale, it has been announced that the show is renewed for a second season.

Surprised? So were the actors, who were shocked when co-creator Paul Adelstein dropped the news on them Monday night at a For Your Consideration Emmy panel.

If you haven’t yet caught the show, which ran from February 7 through April 11, it’s about beautiful con artist Maddie (Inbar Lavi), who leaves a trail of sweethearts – male and female – bereft of both money and love.

While Maddie has already moved on to her next conquest, three of her victims aren’t yet ready to bury the hatchet, and eventually combine forces in the hunt for their mutual betrayer.

You’ll come for the Jewish wedding early-on in the series, and stay for the unfolding game of cat-and-mouse as the jilted exes try to catch up with Maddie and exact revenge.

The show – and Lavi in particular – has received a lot of love from viewers and critics alike. While a review from The Hollywood Reporter bemoans a glut of con-artist-themed shows recently, it also describes Lavi’s performance as “exhibit[ing] a graceful versatility,” and says that she “conveys allure, cleverness, and style.”

The actress was born and raised in Ramat Gan, and studied ballet and modern dance at the Kiryat Sharet high school in Holon. She also attended the Sophie Moskowitz School of Acting in Tel Aviv.

Lavi moved to the United States at age 17 to pursue her acting career, and has since appeared in films and television, including shows such as “Entourage,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “Prison Break.”

Including delayed viewing, “Imposters” snagged an average audience of 1.4 million per episode, and quickly picked up speed mid-season with a 23% jump in viewers aged 18-49, placing it among the top 10 cable shows among that demographic.

All in all, this means good news for the show and great news for fans, who will be lucky enough to catch Lavi back at it in 2018.

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