Go ahead, get your fill on Feel Good TV — your upbeat comedies, your singing competitions, your reality shows about various types of cake. But in between banquets of serotonin-spiking fluff, you’ll need a return trip back to Earth with some of the small screen’s darker, bleaker, more critically revered entries. Take the Sundance Channel’s newest series Rectify, a beloved addition to the our Monday night lineup, despite (or because of) its penchant to veer quite dark. As revealed in a press release, the series has been renewed for a second season on the network. The news comes after the airing of only two episodes, boding well for Sundance’s confidence in the sustainable quality of the hour-long drama.
A new project from Breaking Bad producers, Rectify stars Aden Young as Daniel Holden, a man released from prison after a 19-year sentence that followed a conviction for the rape and murder of his high school. girlfriend. What’d I tell you? Makes Twin Peaks look like Newhart.
Rectify will kick off its 10-episode second season in 2014. The show follows the recent conclusion of Top of the Lake, the Sundance mini-series which was equally gripping and equally dismal. Let’s hope the network keeps this trend going… just so long as we can unwind with some The Nanny reruns afterward.
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