SundanceTV's 'State of the Union' Renewed for Second Season

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The State of the Union at SundanceTV is strong.

The cabler has renewed its Emmy-winning short form series for a second season. Like the first, it will consist of ten 10-minute episodes, written by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, An Education) and directed by Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal, The Queen).

Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson will star as the couple who meet up before a marriage counseling session. Esco Jouléy (Starz's Blindspotting) also stars.

"The first season of State of the Union was a triumph of storytelling form, captivating audiences — 10 minutes at a time — by smartly and authentically exploring our fundamental humanity and curiosity around what makes people think, feel, love and interact," said Dan McDermott, president original programming at AMC Networks. "We are thrilled to once again partner with the great Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears, and welcome Brendan, Patricia and Esco, to break new ground in short-form storytelling with a series built on the most universal and unifying element of all — the human relationship."

Clarkson (Sharp Objects, House of Cards) will play a liberal campaigner named Ellen who pulls her more traditional husband (Gleeson, The Comey Rule, Mr. Mercedes) out of his comfort zone to a hip Connecticut coffee shop, where they have 10 minutes before their marriage counseling session to gather their thoughts — and argue.

"We are over the moon to be given another opportunity to work with Nick and Stephen on a new season of State of the Union with our friends at SundanceTV," said executive producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta of See-Saw Films. "We are incredibly happy to welcome Brendan, Patricia and Esco to the team for a new story this season."

The first season of State of the Union won three Emmys in 2019, for outstanding short form comedy or drama series and for stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd.

Hornby and Frears executive produce the series with Laurenson, Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Sophie Reynolds of See-Saw Films produces. Kristin Jones, executive vp international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is the executive in charge for SundanceTV. Endeavor Content handles international sales.