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Aden Young didn’t garner an Emmy nomination for “Rectify,” but after Thursday’s second-season finale, is it too late to put knighthood on the table? The SundanceTV series has already been renewed for a third season, and thank the Lord for that, given the untidy nature of how the latest cliffhanger wrapped up. But after its fleeting six-episode introduction, the second has made clear that series creator Ray McKinnon’s tightly constructed drama was no fluke, but rather deserving of a seat alongside TV’s best.
The central moment in the finale (and Spoiler Alert, by all means, if you haven’t watched) involved Aden’s Daniel meeting with authorities, ostensibly to offer a plea agreement that would finally put to rest the murder that placed him on death row for 19 tortured years, before his belated liberation. Yet as “Rectify” has made clear time and again, there are all kinds of prisons, »
- Brian Lowry
Before he was the creator of one of TV's most beautiful and emotionally powerful dramas in Sundance's "Rectify," Ray McKinnon was a character actor. And because I'm so used to watching his long, scarecrow-like frame pop up in films and movies, I never thought of "Rectify" protagonist Daniel Holden — a former Death Row inmate whose conviction is overturned, and who is embodied by an actor (the terrific Aden Young) with no physical resemblance to McKinnon — as an avatar of his creator. Even when I interviewed McKinnon before "Rectify" premiered, I was looking at the man who had played Reverend Smith on "Deadwood," Linc Potter on "Sons of Anarchy," etc. Yesterday — in between the great news that Sundance had ordered a third season of "Rectify" and the airing of tonight's season finale (my review is here) — I got on the phone with McKinnon, who was vacationing in Europe. And without his »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Rectify" just wrapped up its second season, a couple of days after Sundance ordered a third. I spoke briefly with Ray McKinnon about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I hoard food under stress... "It's not complicated. I just want it to be over, Jon. Don't you?" -Daniel I watched "Unhinged" a few days before the renewal announcement, and instantly thought of how angry I would be if Sundance hadn't renewed it, not only because the show is so wonderful (and such a perfect example of what Sundance should be aspiring to make and promote), but because the episode doesn't remotely work as a series finale. Season 1's finale would have worked as an ending — albeit a very bleak one — to Daniel's story if Sundance had never ordered more. "Unhinged," on the other hand, leaves so much up in the »
- Alan Sepinwall
There's no love lost between step brothers Daniel and Teddy, but a surprising olive branch is extended in the season 2 finale of “Rectify.” In this exclusive clip (above) from Thursday's all new episode, Daniel (Aden Young) makes a surprising confession to Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) after their night together. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Picked Up for Season Three by Sundance She's ready to end her marriage to Teddy (Clayne Crawford) after a horrific blowout in last week's episode, but Daniel's revelations about Teddy's internal struggles appears to give his wife pause. “He's been dealing with a lot lately,” Daniel tells her. “Things you don't. »
- Linda Ge
As the first original series from SundanceTV, Rectify was something of a gamble on the part of the network. Premiering on April 22 2013 with six episodes, however, the drama quickly established itself as a critical success, winning loyal fans and avid followers. Season two followed on June 19 2014, and is about to wrap after 10 episodes. Fans need not worry, though, as the show has now been renewed for a third season.
The premise of the series is simple, but with endless possibility for exploration. The story focuses on Daniel Holden who, as a teenager, was convicted and imprisoned for the rape and murder of his 16 year old girlfriend, Hanna. 19 years later, new DNA evidence proves his innocence and he is freed. His attempts to adjust, and the attempts of those around him to do the same, form a character study within a Southern Gothic tale.
- Sarah Myles
Star Wars: Rebels
Disney's "Star Wars Rebels" animated series finally has a premiere date. The show will kick off on Friday October 3rd at 9pm on the Disney Channel with the one-hour telemovie "Spark of Rebellion".
It then moves to its more regular home of Disney Xd from Monday October 13th at 9pm. A sneak preview of 'Spark of Rebellion' will be available to users of the Watch Disney Xd app and on WatchDisneyXD.com starting Monday, September 29th. [Source: The Live Feed]
A new 'Critics' TV spot is out for Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham" which finally hits the airwaves next month.
- Garth Franklin
SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season, just days before the well-reviewed drama presents its Season 2 finale (this Thursday at 9/8c).
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“Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans,” SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next.”
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Sundance has ordered a third season of "Rectify," one of the very best shows on television – and a series that likely couldn't survive anywhere but on Sundance. "Rectify" tells the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), sent to Death Row as a teenager for the rape and murder of his girlfriend, then released decades later after DNA evidence overturned his conviction on appeal. It focuses much less on the sensational aspects of that plot — or on plot in general, for that matter — preferring to look at the emotional and spiritual impact of this man returning to a family, community and life he never expected to be part of again. The acting is marvelous, the characters gorgeously drawn, and while the pace is slow and contemplative, the rewards are enormous for those who have patience for it. The second season finale airs Thursday night at 9 on Sundance. Deadline's renewal story last »
- Alan Sepinwall
SundanceTV has renewed “Rectify” for season three, the cabler announced Tuesday. The third season will debut in 2015. An official episode order has yet to be announced, but season one spanned six episodes, while the currently-airing season two was expanded to ten installments.
“‘Rectify’ has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next,” said Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President.
“Rectify” is created and written by Ray McKinnon, and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The series stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens and Jake Austin Walker.
The show tells the story of Daniel Holden (Young) who is released after serving nearly »
- Laura Prudom
SundanceTV has renewed their first original drama Rectify for a third season, reports Deadline. The third season will air some time in 2015 and will likely have six episodes (the same number as season one).
The second season of Rectify wraps this Thursday with the 10th and final episode of the season.
Rectify revolves around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who was convicted and imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. After nearly 20 years of isolation on death row, DNA evidence helps set him free. He returns as an outsider to his family, community, and the outside world. Co-stars include Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford Adelaide Clemens, and Jake Austin Walker.
Here's the press release:
SundanceTV Renews Critically-Acclaimed Original Scripted Drama "Rectify" For Season Three
SundanceTV has picked up “Rectify” for a third season, according to media reports. The show's second season of 10 episodes will reach its finale this Thursday. Also read: Robert Redford Sues NY State Over $1.6 Million Tax Bill for Sundance Channel Sale While modestly rated, the show — SundanceTV's first wholly-owned original production, created by Ray McKinnon – has nevertheless received widespread critical acclaim. It follows the story of a man, played by Aden Young, who is released from prison after nearly two decades thanks to DNA evidence that clears his name in a murder case. But his return home is anything but welcome. »
- Jason Hughes
Sundance TV is bringing back Rectify for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2015. The drama, which was created by Ray McKinnon, centers on Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man who was released from prison after spending nearly 20 years on death row. After years of confinement, he must learn how to make his way in the outside world. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford and Jake Austin Walker also star. “Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to
- Aaron Couch
Rectify is coming back for a third season.
Sundance has renewed the quiet and contemplative small town drama series another round. The critically acclaimed series follows a man (Aden Young) released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row. It’s not yet clear how many epiosdes have been ordered — the first season was six episodes; the second season was 10 — though we’re hearing the order may come in on the short side.
Rectify is Sundance’s first wholly owned original series. The show is modestly rated, averaging 287,000 viewers. »
- James Hibberd
Should Daniel Holden give up his newfound freedom? In this exclusive clip from Thursday's “Rectify,” Daniel (Aden Young) admits to his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) that he's tempted to accept a plea deal that will return him to prison but spare him the death penalty. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Review: A Death Row Drama Slows Down Even More Daniel questions whether anyone's life has improved since he returned to his small town after spending nearly two decades on death row in the murder of his girlfriend. We still don't know what actually happened, or why Daniel would to take the blame if he. »
- Tim Molloy
Some thoughts on tonight's "Rectify" — and on the outstanding second season to date — coming up just as soon as we can talk about vacations or chihuahuas... I last wrote about "Rectify" at the start of this season, after I had seen three episodes, which largely kept Daniel sidelined in response to the beating he suffered at the end of season 1. It seemed clear then that Ray McKinnon had a plan both for how to keep the show functioning even when Daniel wasn't at the center of it and for how to simply keep the narrative moving in a second and longer season. But even given that, I've been really impressed with what he and the rest of team "Rectify" have accomplished since then. Not only have they made someone like Ted Jr. into a more complex (if only sometimes sympathetic) figure, but they've deepened our understanding of all the characters »
- Alan Sepinwall
SundanceTV's “Rectify” came back for a second season with its leading man Daniel Holden (Aden Young) fighting for his life and in a coma, but now that he's awake as of the end of episode 2, he's looking to move around a bit. In this exclusive clip (above) from Thursday night's all-new episode, Daniel tells his mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) he'd like to go for a drive. “Right now?” she asks incredulously. Turns out, he can't go for a drive whenever he wants because he doesn't have a driver's license. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Review: A Death Row Drama Slows Down Even. »
- Linda Ge
Returning to TV screens this week is the Sundance original series Rectify. At the start of the first season we saw Daniel Holden (Aden Young) released from 19 years on death row thanks to the tireless efforts of his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and newly uncovered DNA evidence suggesting he may not have been responsible for the rape and murder of his high school sweetheart. However, nothing is cut and dry in Rectify's small town of Paulie, Georgia and many bitter residents, including Daniel's stepbrother Teddy Talbot Jr (Clayne Crawford), still believe Daniel to be guilty. At the end of season one that bitterness boiled over as a group of vigilantes took justice into their own hands. Picking up where it left off, Rectify season 2 finds the Holden-Talbot family dealing with the aftermath of yet another tragic act of violence. Rectify also stars Adelaide Clemens, J Smith-Cameron, Luke Kirby, Bruce McKinnon, »
- Haleigh Foutch
There's no percentage in being quiet and subtle, and yet somehow Rectify, perhaps the most subtle and quiet drama on TV, is starting its second season tonight on Sundance. This series about a rural Georgia man (Aden Young) struggling with freedom after 19 years on death row never shouts when it can whisper, and that's a big part of what makes it stand out in today's outrage-driven cable landscape. The filmmaking is consistently intelligent, sometimes striking, yet always laid back. The main character is an accused rapist and murderer, but it has yet to have anyone objectively confirm or deny his guilt or innocence, and there's almost no violence on the series; the cliff-hanger beatdown of the hero that ended season one was the exception that did not disprove the rule. The show's conversations tend toward soul-searching reflection. It feels theatrical at times — not "theatrical" as in "wooden" or "figurative" »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Last spring, Rectify, from creator Ray McKinnon's (Sons of Anarchy) debuted on the Sundance Channel. Sundance was on a roll, having just aired the mesmerizing miniseries Top of the Lake. I listed both series are two of the best of last year -- both were about terrible and mysterious crimes in small towns, and how their impact resonated in every corner, and both took their time with their storytelling. Top of the Lake may have gotten more attention at the time, but Rectify was a six-episode gem that also promised a more extended story and look into the life of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who was released from Death Row after 19 years thanks to new DNA evidence that exonerated him. Season 1 explored his return to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia, whose residents -- outside of his family -- still blame him for the rape and murder he was originally convicted for. »
- Allison Keene
Daniel Holden wanders his world dazed and confused, humbled and harrowed, like a fuzzy-headed Lazarus lost for bearings after getting called out of the tomb. Whether this dead man walking deserves his miraculous parole is the hazy question mark at the center of Rectify, a somber existential mystery about historical injustice, guilt, alienation, and other deep stuff. Season 1 tracked and pondered its protagonist, a veritable philosophical zombie, as he shuffled back and through his hometown of Paulie, Georgia — a fictional place; the name suggests (to me) sudden impact Pauline conversions and that apostle’s legendary jailbreak — after 19 years on death »
- Jeff Jensen
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