Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed drama series Rectify (we ranked it in the top four shows of 2013) has begun production on season two. Released from prison after nineteen years, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) finds himself in what, for all intents and purposes, is an alien world – where everyone, family included, is a stranger. In a place where his release divides his community, he is unsure if he should even live or die. Whether he’s guilty of innocent may not even matter.
Rectify will air in summer 2014. Follow the jump to check out the press release for more details.
Sundance Channel – which has made one heckuva splash with its entry into the realm of scripted drama with Rectify, The Returned and Top of the Lake – has announced a launch date for its new drama series, The Red Road. The series – which stars Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson, Lisa Bonet and Tom Sizemore, among others – revolves around a local sheriff who has to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities: a small town just outside New York City (where he grew up) and the neighboring mountains, home to a tribe of federally unrecognized Native Americans.
The Red Road premieres on Sundance Channel Thursday, February 27th (9/8C). Check out the press release after the jump.
Mel Brooks will host Sundance Channel’s Oy! to the World: A Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon on Christmas Day. Throughout the day, he will introduce and offer insights into a selection of his best movies as only he can. The typically modest comic genius said, in a statement to the network, “I want to thank Sundance Channel for giving the world the best Christmas gift ever—23.5 hours of me!”
Oy! to the World will feature such films as The Producers 9both 1968 and 2005 versions), History of the World, Part 1 and Young Frankenstein. The marathon begins at 6/5C, Christmas morning with The Producers (2005) and winds up with Robin Hood: Men in Tights at 3:15/2:15C the next morning.
Lisa Bonet will play a Lenape Native American lawyer in a multi-episode arc on Sundance channel’s The Red Road, which is slated to premiere in 2014. Sky Van Der Veen returns to Walpole, NJ to ‘rally for justice after a terrible crime has been committed against a member of her tribe.”
Bonet is still probably best known for her role on The Cosby Show – and the radical departure from her TV image in her movie debut in Angel Heart, with Robert DeNiro. Follow the jump for the press release.
If you’re not a Whovian (Doctor Who fan) and want to check out something else that’s exceptional on November 23rd, try the Sundance Channel’s marathon of Rectify, its first original scripted drama, on Saturday, beginning at 2pm ET.
The series, about a man freed from death row after almost twenty years of complete isolation – and the effect that has on him, his family and all the people connected to his case, is one of the year’s most compelling dramas and will be featured on my own Favorite 15 list at year’s end. Check out the press release for further details.
Sundance Channel’s The Returned (Thursdays, 9/8C) is a French series (I know! Subtitles!) that is built around the return, years later, of the people who died in a bus crash to their town in the Alps. To say that weirdness ensues would be an understatement.
Following the success of their critically acclaimed series Rectify, Sundance Channel has announced August 19th as the start for production on The Red Road – a drama starring Martin Henderson as a local cop struggling to keep his family together while policing two very different and extremely fractious communities.
The series also stars Jason Momoa and Julianne Nicholson. The Red Road is being shot in Atlanta. The press release follows the jump.
If, when you watch your favorite TV series, you wonder ‘where the heck did that come from?’ or ‘why on earth would they do that?’ then you will probably love Sundance Channel’s new series, The Writers’ Room (M0ndays, 10/9C). Hosted by Oscar-winner Jim Rash (The Descendants), the series looks into the workings of the writers’ rooms for many of TV’s best shows (Breaking Bad, Dexter, Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, etc.) – beginning with Breaking Bad on tonight’s series premiere.
Sundance Channel has cast Jason Momoa in a lead role of the network’s new series, The Red Road. The Red Roadisa drama that revolves around a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities. It was picked up for six one-hour episodes and is Sundance Channel’s second wholly-owned original series (the first was the stellar Rectify).
For more details, follow the jump to the official press release.
Sundance Channel’s Rectify is one the year’s best new TV series, but a lot of people may have missed it because of its niche location. To rectify (sorry) that situation, AMC will running the show’s six-episode first season in a marathon on Sunday, July 14th, beginning at 9/8C am.
For series and episode descriptions, follow the jump.
This is a reality… sorry… unscripted series that I can get behind – Sundance Channel’s Dream School. The premise: take the kids who were the hardest to reach in high school and place them in a school where their instructors are dedicated professionals; top names in their fields – household names, even. The faculty would include professional musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists. What would happen then?
Sundance Channel has given the green light for Dream School. The format was created by internationally acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver and multi-hyphenate musician-actor-entrepreneur Curtis ‘50-Cent’ Jackson will executive produce. Follow the jump to read the official press release.