The comedy series is about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call. Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh, and Dustin Milligan also star. The series has received praise for the fact that it features a large number of Indigenous actors as well as several Indigenous writers, including series co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas.
“We are so proud to be a part of ‘Rutherford Falls’ a smart comedy and a breakthrough moment for Native representation in comedy both in front of and behind the camera,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “’Rutherford Falls’ embodies the modern, original, and inclusive storytelling viewers want and we are excited to develop season two alongside Sierra, Mike, Ed and the incredible cast.”
The series hails from co-creators and executive producers Michael Schur, Helms, and Teller Ornelas. Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett also serve as executive producers. It is is produced by Universal Television in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Pacific Electric Picture Company.
“We are beyond ecstatic for Season 2! I’m probably slightly biased, but ‘Rutherford Falls’ is made by the best writers, cast, and crew, on earth,” said Teller Ornelas. “Not to mention Ed Helms and Mike Schur, two of the nicest guys in the business. We are very grateful to the folks at Universal Television and Peacock for continuing to champion Indigenous comedies.”
There are five Native writers staffed on the series, including Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire(Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), and Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute/Diné/San Carlos Apache). Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Greyeyes ([Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation – Treaty Six Territory in Saskatchewan]) star in the series.
“We are thrilled that Peacock has renewed ‘Rutherford Falls’ for a second season,” said Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television. “It’s been wonderful to watch Reagan, Nathan, Bobbie, Terry, and the rest of the Rutherford Fallians come to life in this ambitiously witty series. Mike, Sierra and Ed poured their creative geniuses into the show, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”
“Rutherford Falls” is now the third Peacock original comedy to earn a second season order. The streamer previously renewed the shows “Girls5Eva” as well as the reboot of “Saved by the Bell.”