12:59pm PT by Michael O'Connell
SundanceTV Gives 'Rectify' an Early Renewal
SundanceTV is committed to Rectify. On the eve of its third season premiere, the cable network has ordered a fourth.
The series will return in 2016 with a yet-to-be-determined number of episodes. (The first and third had orders of six, while the second ran for 10 episodes.
“Even in an increasingly crowded field of dramas on television, Rectify has established itself as something special,” said AMC and SundanceTV president Charlie Collier. “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 has been a very slow burn for Sundance. Despite strong critical favor, its sophomore run in 2014 averaged a mere 308,000 viewers — and that was after seven days of DVR.
The series follows Aden Young as Daniel Holden, a man who returns to his small Georgia hometown after two decades on death row.
SundanceTV has been cautious in its moves into scripted programming. It's been the U.S. home of imports Top of the Lake, Babylon and, most recently, Deutschland 83. But Rectify stands as the network's lone fully owned scripted program, with The Red Road recently canceled after two seasons.