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At a time when more TV dramas feel like the great American novel, “Rectify” is something of a marvel, playing like a little haiku. Lyrical and hypnotic, the SundanceTV series concluded its six-episode third season Thursday, advancing the ball on a variety of fronts, with fractured relationships and new beginnings. While the plot was set in motion by a murder, the program is defined by its personal drama. Although series creator Ray McKinnon and his cast haven’t received enough accolades beyond love letters from critics, unlike the show’s fictional characters, they have nothing for which to atone.
It’s been a slow road to possible redemption for Daniel (Aden Young, simply splendid), who spent 19 years on death row for a rape and murder. Now, exoneration appears to be within his grasp, although the damage his time in prison inflicted on him suggests there might be no getting back »
- Brian Lowry
We’ve just received word that AMC are to launch in the UK with an exclusive deal with BT (British Telecom). With that news comes the additional information that The Walking Dead spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, will air exclusively on the channel on 31st August, which is a week after its North American air date.
If you are a BT customer you have no worries as the new channel is 100% free to subscribers to their phone and broadband service; a bit like BT Sport (which snapped up a huge chunk of Champions League coverage this year). The service will be automatically added to users set-top boxes from August 28th.
The news is bound to cause upset with fans of The Walking Dead as there are a lot of us who are not BT subscribers, and a BT subscription comes at an extra premium. If you want to watch the »
- Paul Heath
Acclaimed Us drama Rectify will finally receive its UK premiere in September.
The SundanceTV series will be part of the UK launch lineup for AMC, with its first episode airing on Tuesday, September 1.
Having spent his entire adult life waiting to die, Daniel must now try to find a way to cope with his past and forge a 'normal' life with a future before him.
The drama premiered in the Us in 2013 and was recently renewed for a fourth season, which will air in 2016.
Rectify Season 3, Episode 4, “Girl Jesus”
Written by Scott Teems
Directed by Scott Teems
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Et on Sundance
“What will I be when they put me back together again?” Daniel asks his sister during “Girl Jesus”, a thinly-veiled reference to the infamous, egg-starring nursery rhyme. Yet it’s a question that permeates every corner of Rectify’s third season, which has lifted Paulie from any sense of temporal reality, observing the town and its people as if frozen in time inside a snow globe. Shaking said globe is Daggett, of course, trying to loosen the bits and pieces of truth surrounding George Milton’s death – and as the facts, rumors, emotions, and preconceptions fill the air of Rectify‘s purgatorial setting, “Girl Jesus” begins to show characters fighting against the stasis of their lives, all looking for the unfamiliar, “more crooked path” to inner peace Amantha speaks of when having lunch with Jon. »
- Randy Dankievitch
Though the Rectify TV show brings in low ratings for SundanceTV, The cable channel has already renewed the series for a fourth season. Will the numbers rise in season three -- or will the execs wish they'd cancelled it instead? Stay tuned.
On Rectify, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) spent 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend. He was freed thanks to DNA evidence and returned to his hometown. Daniel struggles to adapt to his new life and make his way in a town filled with people who aren't terribly happy to see him -- including some of the members of his own family. Other castmembers include Abigail Spencer, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Bruce McKinnon, J. Smith-Cameron, Jake Austin Walker, Luke Kirby, Jd Evermore, Johnny Ray Gill, and Sean Bridgers.
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SundanceTV’s “Rectify” has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal cult following over two seasons, and fans of the unique drama will be pleased to discover the first two episodes of season three are as strong as ever.
In the show’s timeline it’s only been a few weeks since Daniel Holden (Aden Young) was released from death row after almost two decades in prison, though the question of whether or not he killed his high school sweetheart remains up for debate. At the end of last season, he re-confessed to committing the crime, under pressure from the zealous politician (Michael O’Neill) who originally prosecuted him.
That turn of events has left his family, including mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) and sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) reeling. While his antagonistic step-brother Teddy (Clayne Crawford), is deciding whether to press charges against Daniel for a separate assault — a matter complicated by »
- Geoff Berkshire
At one point in the third season of "Rectify," Amantha Holden is floundering her way through a team-building exercise at a management training seminar for her job. To help her out, the moderator suggests, "Why don't you tell us a story that only you can tell us?" Her story — about how older brother Daniel wound up on Death Row as a teenager, how she devoted her entire adult life to getting him released, succeeded through DNA evidence, and then saw him confess to the murder a second time to cut a plea deal, making her efforts and years into a joke — fits the letter of the suggestion, if not the spirit of the exercise, and it leaves the entire room speechless. "Rectify" itself doesn't exactly tell a story no one else on television could. Almost from the moment TV was born, the medium's been filled with stories of crimes, cops, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: April 22, 2013 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A Southern Gothic drama, this TV show takes place in Paulie, Georgia and revolves around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) and his extended family. Daniel spent 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Hanna Dean.
Thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence and the efforts of his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and new lawyer Joe Stern (Luke Kirby), his original trial is vacated. Daniel is set free and thrust back into a world he no longer knows. Having spent his adult life waiting to die, »
On the eve of its third season premiere, SundanceTV has renewed "Rectify" for Season 4. With Season 3 premiering on Thursday (July 9) night, Season 4 will air in 2016 and, fittingly, SundanceTV said that an official episode count has yet to be announced, which makes sense for a show that has had six, 10 and six episodes in its first three seasons. "Even in an increasingly crowded field of dramas on television, ‘Rectify’ has established itself as something special," blurbs Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV. "What Ray McKinnon, this incredible cast and everyone associated with the show have been able to achieve is remarkable, and we are so pleased to usher in this third season with an order for a fourth. ‘Rectify’ has had such a huge impact in establishing SundanceTV as a home for high-quality, intelligent drama. We are excited to continue this important partnership with Ray and the entire team." "Rectify »
- Daniel Fienberg
Delving back into the world Ray McKinnon has created with his exceptional drama Rectify is like visiting family. The desire to reunite is a joyous one, but it’s also not necessarily without its conflicts and even pain. Season 3 doesn’t hold back on any of those latter emotions, even just as of its first episode, which picks up immediately where Season 2 left off. Daniel (Aden Young) is still a divisive factor in his family, especially in the wake of his decision to take a plea deal from Da in which he had to admit the crime and be banished from the state. Amantha (Abigail Spencer) is rightfully heartbroken that after devoting her life to proving her brother’s innocence, he throws everything away by embracing guilt (whether true or not) and leaving. [caption id="attachment_478073" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via SundanceTV[/caption] No one has been more affected by Daniel’s return from prison though than Ted, »
- Allison Keene
Again plodding along at a near-hypnotic pace, “Rectify” begins its third season almost exactly where the second left off, and that’s a good thing. Awash in critical acclaim, this deeply rich and provocative drama remains a standout for its little-seen home SundanceTV, even warranting a pre-return marathon on big brother AMC. While that’s unlikely to translate into much of a ratings boost for a series so steeped in pain and sadness, it’s a welcome endorsement of a show that offers further proof great dramas are coming from an extremely wide variety of sources.
Just to recap, season two ended with Daniel Holden (Aden Young), the walking embodiment of coiled feelings and cordoned-off emotions, agreeing to a plea deal in the case that had put him on death row for 19 years, despite his apparent innocence. Weary from the struggle, he’s hoping to spare his family and perhaps find a fresh start elsewhere, »
- Brian Lowry
“Alias” alum Michael Vartan will guest star on Season 3 of SundanceTV’s “Rectify,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Aden Young stars on the drama as Daniel Holden, a man adjusting to life after a technicality exonerated him for the 20-year-old rape and murder of his high school girlfriend. As can be seen in the first look photo (above), Vartan’s character will cross paths with Abigail Spencer‘s Amantha, Daniel’s older sister. Also Read: 94 Summer TV Shows: TheWrap's Ultimate Viewing Guide (Photos) Executive produced by series creator Ray McKinnon, Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, “Rectify” also stars Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, »
- Linda Ge
SundanceTV’s Peabody Award-winning drama “Rectify” will return on Thursday, July 9, and Variety has an exclusive first look at the cast portraits for season three, which picks up immediately where the second season finale left off, on the very afternoon of Daniel’s (Aden Young) plea deal, with pressing questions still lingering over Daniel’s freedom: Will the deal be accepted? Will Daniel be forced to leave town? And when the body of a missing person is discovered, law enforcement once again turns to him for answers.
Elsewhere in season three, as Daniel’s devoted sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) attempts to live her own life, she is given an opportunity at a local store that for the first time in a long time has nothing to do with her brother. Meanwhile, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) and Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford) struggle to see if their marriage has a future by delving into their pasts for answers. »
- Laura Prudom
If voracious viewers find it hard to keep up with all the quality dramas on TV, just imagine how Emmy voters feel. Last year, 108 titles were submitted for consideration as outstanding drama series. This year, that number spiked to 145.
And the competition has grown increasingly cutthroat thanks to a number of critical darlings from small-but-aggressive new players like Wgn America, Pivot and Sundance.
This year, the TV Academy changed its rules to allow seven drama series battle for the top prize — up from six — sending studios and networks into a campaigning frenzy for a coveted slot. Since two of last year’s contenders — heavyweights “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective” — won’t be returning this year, there’s certainly room for a breakout. But favorites “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards” and “Mad Men” are still firmly in the mix, while another of last year’s nominees — “Orange Is the New Black »
- Geoff Berkshire
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: New Orleans" episode 21 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "You'll Do," and it turns out that we're going to see some very dramatic and interesting stuff go down as Lasalle's brother Cade is charged for killing his girlfriend, but Lasalle will stop at nothing to prove he's innocent, and more! In the new, 21st episode press release: Lasalle's Brother, Cade, Is The Lead Suspect In A Jefferson Parish Murder Case, And Lasalle Is Determined To Prove His Innocence. Press Release number 2: With no memory of the night before, Lasalle's brother, Cade, will turn to NCIS for help when he finds his girlfriend's body in the trunk of his car. Despite a mountain of evidence that implicates Cade, and the case being under Captain Jim Messier and Jefferson Parish jurisdiction, Lasalle is going to be determined to prove his brother's innocence. »
- Andre Braddox
Convergence is a supernatural thriller from Drama Free Zone and Frame 29 Films. In this indie title, an arson detective experiences hell as the past and the present converge into one. Convergence, from director Drew Hall, stars Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry and Mykelti Williamson. The film's first trailer is hosted below. The clip shows Ben (Crawford) tormented by strange visions. Inside a hospital, bizarre imagery floats down the white corridors. Ben finds himself tasked with absolving the guilty as hell threatens from all sides. Convergence is now complete. This thriller will be released later in 2015. Fans of supernatural thrillers can preview this title here. Release Date: 2015. Director/writer: Drew Hall. Cast: Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Grubbs and Chelsea Bruland. The first trailer for Convergence is here: Source: Convergence at Tricoast Worldwide Subscribe to 28 Days Later: An Analysis Email Subscription
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