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"Rectify," the first original scripted series produced for Sundance Channel, came to an end tonight with a cliffhanger finale that saw former Death Row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) beat within an inch of his life by the brother of the woman Daniel was convicted of -- and then exonerated for -- killing.
If you were expecting a definitive answer to Daniel's guilt or innocence, you probably haven't been watching the show very closely. This slow-paced but deeply penetrating drama is more concerned with Daniel's state of mind after years on Death Row than conventional TV crime drama resolutions.
The finale wrapped up last week's cliffhanger -- Daniel strangling his stepbrother Ted (Clayne Crawford) -- right at the beginning with the reveal that Ted is still very much alive, and too embarrassed about what happened to tell anyone. And the rest of the episode managed to check in with just about »
It’s never just about remodeling the kitchen, is it?
Tonight, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series wraps its first season with a finale that could find former death-row prisoner Daniel Holden (Aden Young) leaving his hometown for good. Daniel’s had a rough few decades — he was arrested and jailed 19 years before Rectify begins for murdering and raping his teenage girlfriend. Though new DNA evidence has shed doubt on his conviction — allowing Daniel to finally return home — he hasn’t yet been exonerated for the crime.
In this clip from the finale, a simple conversation about home »
- Hillary Busis
The drama about a former death row inmate (Aden Young) who's released from prison and struggles to adjust to life on the outside, premiered April 22 to near-universal praise from critics. The current season runs six episodes, but Season 2 will expand to 10 hours.
"The response to 'Rectify' has been incredible," Sundance Channel president and general manager Sarah Barnett says. "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. 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 2."
"Rectify" is Sundance Channel's first ever original scripted drama series, and as such arrives with the burden of needing to justify the network's foray into the field while living up to the Sundance brand. The good news is that this contemplative, utterly engrossing and frequently gorgeous character study achieves and then surpasses both of those goals over the course of its initial six episode season.
The pacing of the storytelling -- which has more in common with a film by Terrence Malick than anything else on TV today -- is resolutely cinematic, and not all audiences will embrace that from the traditionally less challenging medium of TV. Consider it the next evolution in bridging the gap between TV and art cinema that began with HBO and AMC's more highbrow efforts.
If you're already thinking "that doesn't sound like a show for me," you're probably right. But if you're a fan of "Mad Men, »
Watching death-row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) be prepped for release after serving 18 years for raping and murdering a girl is like watching a corpse be readied for a funeral. Pale and devoid of emotion, he’s fancied up in a suit and tie, a freshly-wiped-clean blank slate presented to the public.”I’m not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life,” he tells the press assembled outside the prison, with the cadence of someone who suddenly has all the time in the world. “I will seriously need to reconsider my worldview.”
Over the »
- Jessica Shaw
The Sundance Channel’s new show bows Monday night, boasting a very slow and emotional build over its six-episode arc. EW spoke to three of the show’s stars about the characters they play on the gritty, lifelike new scripted fare.
Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford opened up about the places they had to go and the emotions they had to portray as they dove headfirst into this depiction of a man who is released from prison into the uncertain world of a small Southern town — and the family who surrounds him.
- Amanda Taylor
Chicago – Cable networks often develop an identity, whether or not it’s through an intentional marketing strategy like “Characters Welcome” at USA or a network like Showtime building shows around TV actors and actresses who have previously found success in the form (Duchovny, Falco, Hall, Lewis, etc.). With the Sundance Channel’s premiere of the brilliant “Rectify” (now available on Netflix Instant, Btw) and tonight’s two-hour premiere of the riveting “Rectiffy,” what identity are they developing? Character-driven, deliberatly paced, genre pieces that transcend the cliches of their form to become something greater. “Rectify” is at once familiar and unlike anything else on TV right now. Yes, it’s great.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
Daniel Holden (a beautifully understated Aden Young) has spent the majority of his life behind bars. In fact, his life was supposed to end there. He was on death row for a brutal murder in his small town before DNA evidence exonorated him. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Tonight at 9/8c, Sundance Channel follows up the well-received Top of the Lake with another, equally compelling miniseries that offers almost an antidote to TV’s more bustling, “Scandal-paced” dramas.
Created by Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, Sons of Anarchy‘s Lincoln Potter) and executive-produced by Breaking Bad‘s Mark Johnson and Melissa Benrstein, Rectify follows Daniel Holden (played by Aden Young) as he is released from a 20-year stint on Death Row for the rape and murder of a local girl in a small Georgia town, due to new (if not exonerating) DNA evidence.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Once again demonstrating that compelling drama can come from unlikely sources, Sundance Channel expands on the inroads it’s made with miniseries in “Rectify,” a series with a strong indie-film sensibility and slow-as-molasses, hypnotic pace. If that doesn’t exactly scream boffo box office, it does represent the sort of quality that can put a network on the media’s radar, buoyed as it is by Aden Young’s wonderfully stoic performance as a man who spent 19 years on death row before being freed by DNA evidence. Someone understandably refers to the protagonist as “Starman,” but his distant stare and alienation better approximate the vibe in “Sling Blade.”
Young’s Daniel Holden isn’t completely out of the woods when he’s released, since the former prosecutor — now a state senator (Michael O’Neill) — is convinced he got the right man, and the evidence doesn’t completely exonerate him. Whether »
- Brian Lowry
Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series, is a heavy order on paper: It follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who spent 20 years on death row for the rape and murder of a teenage girl before his conviction is vacated with the appearance of new DNA evidence. This means Daniel’s freedom as well as the possibility of another trial — two things that equal a week’s worth of small-town Georgia strife for Daniel and his family, including his younger sister/biggest defender Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and parents. Jessica Shaw wrote in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, “There’s »
- Adam Carlson
Sundance Channel’s first wholly-owned scripted production, Rectify, premieres on April 22 in the U.S. The show, from AMC Networks and Breaking Bad producers Gran Via, has been secured by AMC/Sundance Channel Global for an exclusive first window rollout in Asia, Latin America and select European territories including France, Spain, Portugal and Benelux. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international sales on the six-episode serial that stars Killer Elite‘s Aden Young as a man released from prison after 19 years when DNA evidence casts doubt on his conviction for the rape and murder of a young girl. He returns to his hometown where he must readjust to his new life as doubt still lingers over his innocence. Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens and J. Smith Cameron also star. Ray McKinnon created the show. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Rejoice, Young and the Restless fans: Ashley Abbott is Genoa City-bound once more.
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Per Daytime Confidential, which first reported the news, the actress’ alter ego is slated to return to Y&R for a batch of “very special episodes” opposite her on-screen brother Jack (Peter Bergman) in the coming months.
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- Megan Masters
Title: The Baytown Outlaws Director: Barry Battles Starring: Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Daniel Cudmore, Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Andre Braugher, Paul Wesley, Zoe Bell, Michael Rapaport, Serinda Swan, Agnes Bruckner A deeply but pleasantly weird sort of Southern Gothic battle royale, “The Baytown Outlaws” is a boisterous, sweat-soaked mash-up of “The Boondock Saints,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Wild Things” and “Sucker Punch” (minus the latter’s material excess). While stipulating that it is at its core fairly slight — and also constructed of prefabricated parts and characters who, despite their colorful nature, are basically kind of hoary clichés — it’s also hard to deny that director Barry Battles’ zonked-out genre [ Read More ]
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Even after falsely billing Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria as the stars of this action-packed B-movie extravaganza (as if that would pull in the crowds), the producers and director/co-screenwriter Barry Battles have no need to apologize. This ode to Tarantino, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, and Jerry Lewis marathons is deliriously silly, frenetically violent, and insanely entertaining, especially for those who prefer Mad Max over The Rules of the Game.
The actual leads are Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Crawford, who respectively play three orphaned siblings who've grown up to be the gun-toting, bemuscled, sweaty hunks Brick, G.I., and the mute former wrestler Lincoln. These charismatic Southern rednecks work for a local sheriff (Andre Braugher) who employs them to slay on the sly his county's criminal elements.
All goes well until the applaudable opening credits, when the bros have a bloody shootout at the wrong address. It could happen to anyone, »
- Brandon Judell
It almost pains me to waste precious space on my hard drive or even space here on this website talking about the repugnant piece of redneck-sploitation shit-kicking garbage called The Baytown Outlaws. It pains me because I don’t have much to say about it other than it’s really really bad, but it also pains me because I’ve just spent the day going over all the ridiculously good movies from 2012 that have been nominated for Academy Awards that I’m kind of walking around in this numb state of confusion after having to sit through and wrap my head around this trash.
Granted, it never aspired to be more than an ultra-violent Southern Boondocks Saints or Tarantino-at-his-worst rip-off, but it aspired to be an action-comedy and didn’t even come close to being superficially competent enough to fulfill those basic genres. It tries to be funny, but it »
- Sean Hutchinson
Title: The Baytown Outlaws Director: Barry Battles Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Clayne Crawford (‘The Perfect Host’), Travis Fimmel (TV’s ‘The Beast’), Daniel Cudmore (‘The Twilight Saga’), Thomas Brodie Sangster (TV’s ‘Games of Thrones’), Andre Braugher (TV’s ‘Last Resort,’ ‘Men of a Certain Age’) and Paul Wesley (TV’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’) Creating a black comedy full of vivid characters, extreme action and surprising plot twists on a low budget can be a difficult task for a first-time feature film scribe and director. But Barry Battles, who both helmed and co-wrote the new action crime comedy ‘The Baytown Outlaws,’ humorously and realistically mixed diverse characters on a search for redemption, [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
The Baytown Outlaws opens this Friday, and as you already see from our title – today we have another new clip which will finally give us a much better look at Eva Longoria! As you already know, Longoria plays character named Celeste, a woman who wants to save her son from an abusive father, but soon becomes a target on the run from an odd cast of characters…
Barry Battles directed this action comedy from a script he co-wrote with Griffin Hood, which follows the Oodie brothers who act as vigilante killers for the local sheriff. The whole mess actually starts when they accept a job to rescue a young boy from his godfather…
After her ex-husband shoots Celeste three times in the gut and kidnaps her godson, it’s time to play dirty. She hires three outlawed, redneck brothers to bring him back to her. What begins as a small »
- Jeanne Standal
Love it or hate it, it seems the grindhouse inspired aesthetic of sleaze and violence is here to stay. The latest straight to DVD title to take up this tradition of imitation exploitation is the brilliantly named director Barry Battles and his southern set action flick The Baytown Outlaws.
The plot concerns the Oodie Brothers; McQueen, Brick and Lincoln (Clayne Crawford,Travis Fimmel and Daniel Cudmore) who basically run roughshod over a small town with the help of the local Sheriff who adopted them as kids and make a living as bounty hunters/hitmen. After a violent and hilarious case of mistaken identity, the Oodies are hired by Celeste (Eva Longoria) to rescue her crippled god son from her crime lord ex-husband Carlos (Billy Bob Thornton). Carlos doesn’t take this lying down however, he sends a crew of violent biker chicks, road pirates and ruthless Red Indian’s after »
- Chris Holt
Hey guys, remember that southern whup-ass extravaganza The Baytown Outlaws? When was the last time we talked about this movie… can’t remember actually, but don’t worry, the movie is finally set to hit theaters next week (currently available VOD, though) and we’re here to share some action with you! As you already see from our title we have five new clips and ten pretty cool images from the whole thing, so make sure you check them all out!
As you probably know, Barry Battles directed this action comedy from a script he co-wrote with Griffin Hood, which will tell us the story of three brothers who agree agree to help a woman save her son from an abusive father & her ex-husband.
- Jeanne Standal
We’re happy to debut a batch of exclusive new images from the upcoming action-comedy The Baytown Outlaws today. Written and directed by Barry Battles, the film follows three ruthless brothers who fall into helping a damsel in distress (Eva Longoria) by rescuing her godson (Thomas Brodie Sangster) from her nefarious ex-husband, Rob (Billy Bob Thornton). It looks like a pretty wild pic, and these images highlight the cast of characters that also includes Quentin Tarantino staple Zoe Bell (Death Proof). Here's the trailer. Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Clayne Crawford, Michael Rapaport, Daniel Cudmore, Travis Fimmel, Serinda Swan, Andre Braugher and Paul Wesley. The Baytown Outlaws is currently available VOD and hits theaters on January 11th. Here’s the official synopsis for The Baytown Outlaws: After her ex-husband shoots Celeste three times in the gut and kidnaps her godson, it's time to play dirty. »
- Adam Chitwood
20 items from 2013
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