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Sundance TV is staying in the scripted space.
The cable network has renewed anthology Hap and Leonard for a third season of six episodes set to air in 2018. The series ranks as Sundance TV’s highest-rated original.
The show, starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams, is set in the late 1980s and is based on the book series by Joe R. Lansdale. The drama follows two lifelong best friends: Hap Collins (Purefoy), an East Texas white guy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper.
The third season will take inspiration from The Two-Bear Mambo, the third installment of Lansdale’s book series. Season one was inspired by the first Hap and Leonard novel Savage Season, with the sophomore outing based on Mucho Mojo.
“At once darkly funny and socially relevant, there’s no other series like the southern-noir Hap and Leonard, and we couldn’t be prouder that it will continue for another season on SundanceTV,” Sundance TV GM Jan Diedrichsen said Monday in a statement. “James and Michael bring new depth and dimension to the buddy-action genre, and Joe Lansdale’s brilliant work continues to be in excellent hands with John Wirth and company.”
Wirth serves as showrunner on the drama, which has a pseudo-reboot every season with new supporting characters and a new mystery for the two central characters to solve.
Following the conclusion of Rectify, Sundance TV’s slate also includes Deutschland 83 and the upcoming miniseries Liar, starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd.
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