Sundance Channel Renews ‘Rectify’

Courtesy of Sundance TV

Program is the cable net's first foray in the original scripted space

Sundance Channel has ordered a second season of “Rectify,” the cabler’s first wholly owned original scripted series.

Drama, which bowed on Sundance on April 22, centers on a man released from prison after spending almost twenty years on death row. The Aden Young-starrer is from the producers of “Breaking Bad” and received positive response from critics.

“We feel as though this story has tapped into something truly unique, with both critics and audiences using their platforms to share such strong, personal reactions to this very distinctive TV series,” said Sarah Barnett, topper of the cable network. “There’s so much drama and character that’s been set up in the first season, it will be electrifying to see where ‘Rectify’ goes in season two.”

Sundance ordered 10 episodes for the program’s second run, and plans to bow them next year.

“Rectify’s” first season — a relatively short six episodes — will come to a close on May 20.

“Rectify” is created and written by Ray McKinnon and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

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  1. Pat Carroll says:

    Glad Sundance renewed the program. I was worried when season 1 ended after only six episodes. I thought maybe it had lost its funding. The program is dark and painful yet compelling; it’s not only well plotted, but the writers give the characters (especially Daniel and his sister) some great dialogue…e.g., “It’s the beauty hurts more than the ugly.” I could understand if it did not find an audience right away. I hope that the tone will fill out a bit next season; all that darkness could perhaps use some light as a contrast. I thought David Milch did that well in Deadwood. Rectify’s writer/producer Ray McKinnon acted on that show; he played Reverend Smith, the preacher who died of a brain tumor. I hear some of the same poetry that imbued Deadwood in Rectify. I wonder if McKinnon was one of the writers for Deadwood, too. If so, it would explain why I hear some of the Reverend Smith’s lyrical prose in Daniel. In any case, I think McKinnon is a beautiful writer.

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