SundanceTV announced today that production has commenced on the third season of its original drama series RECTIFY. The hour-long episodic drama was created and written by WGA Award-nominated Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy).
RECTIFY co-stars JD Evermore (Sheriff Carl Daggett) and Jayson Warner Smith (Wendall Jelks) have teamed up for 99 Homes, a new drama about the foreclosure crisis, also starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, directed by Ramin Bahrani, and premiering at this years Sundance Film Festival. Here, the duo discuss the movie’s fight scene with Andrew Garfield and why RECTIFY fans will love their new work.
The “fascinating” and “deeply thoughtful” second season of RECTIFY lands among the top TV of 2014, with critics calling the series’ sophomore outing even better than the first.
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•Buzzfeed includes RECTIFY in its list of Best Episodes of TV in 2014, praising the season two premiere for “deftly [exploring] multiple facets of what makes Rectify such a fascinating show.”
•A.V. Club lists RECTIFY among The Best TV Shows of 2014, calling the series “a deeply felt, deeply thoughtful second chance at life.”
Critics continue ranking RECTIFY high on best-of-the-year lists, calling the series “so quietly powerful that it forces you to be still in order to receive it” and “haunting on so many levels.”
This week, top TV critics honor the “exquisite” second season of RECTIFY with spots on the year’s best-of lists; while series star Abigail Spencer signs on for an exciting new role.
RECTIFY creator Ray McKinnon discusses fascinating characters, the South and the silver lining of life on death row.
Q: A lot of characters persecute Daniel, but the show always seems to give us a chance to see things their way. What’s the key to finding that balance?
A: I certainly think a lot of characters have made judgments and have prejudices and preconceptions about Daniel… persecution’s a little too strong of a word. But the other words that I used feel appropriate to the characters, when I think of Teddy, or even Bobby Dean in a way. And I don’t know about balance, but as far as seeing things their way, I think if you’re trying to create three dimensional characters, each character like human beings have a subjective viewpoint of the world, and that’s what we tried to understand better. Teddy’s a great example of that, trying to understand what motivates Teddy, how he sees the world. He sees the world differently than Daniel. I think Teddy believes in law and order, or he did certainly in the first season. I think that has changed over time. But if they say Daniel did it and Daniel went to a jury and the jury found that he was guilty then that’s what Teddy believes is the truth, and so Teddy goes about his life verifying things he already believes in, affirming that, and when those things get challenged it’s very difficult for Teddy to deal with that. So I think the balance maybe you’re talking about is trying to make the characters not two-dimensional but three dimensional, where they have a point of view and oftentimes–even with Teddy–that point of view could be valid. Because Daniel could have killed Hannah Dean. We don’t know that answer yet.
Q: Do you sympathize with all the characters that much, or are there exceptions? Senator Foulkes… or Trey?
A: I don’t know if I sympathize with Trey, but …
RECTIFY writer Kate Powers and series creator Ray McKinnon nabbed a nomination in the Episodic Drama category.
Want to have a chance to attend the ultimate RECTIFY insider event? Two lucky winners will each receive two tickets to our Screen Actor’s Guild event on Wed., Nov. 17 at 1PM PST! You’ll have the chance to watch a screening of RECTIFY, see the show’s stars and creators talk in-depth about the series, and meet the cast.
RECTIFY’s Season 2 costume designer Carol Cutshall discusses the influence of Atlanta’s fashion scene, the importance of thrift stores and the all-around awesomeness of dressing Lezley with a Z.
The supporting cast of RECTIFY is full of standout character actors. Below is a sampling of what they had to say about everything from shooting sex scenes to tapping into your inner psycho. Check out these choice quotes, and click on the actor’s name to read the full Q&A.
“I was studious but I was a bit of a thrill seeker. Nerds are sexy to be honest, man. You’ve got to tap into your nerd side.” – Johnny Ray Gill (Kerwin Whitman)
When the RECTIFY cast isn’t knocking it out of the park on set, they’re known to give some pretty great interviews. Check out some of the choice quote from the main cast, and click through to read their full interviews:
Aden Young on being recognized by fans: “You’d go to a supermarket and there would be a few people following me around, and they do have a look as if they’re expecting you to stand still for twenty minutes staring at a protein bar.”
The ten episodes in this season of RECTIFY were full of memorable and show-stopping moments. But which one was your favorite?
So, of course, for my very last essay, I have the absolute stupidest quote of all time: “Everything happens for a reason.” I mean… you have got to be kidding me. This is my last essay question? Fine. Here goes.
Daniel’s freedom echoes throughout Paulie creating schisms in both the community and his family. What’s it like to have a son, brother or suspected killer released from death row? How does that affect a family—and an entire town? And, as an actor, how does one prepare for such intense, unconventional role? Aden Young, Adelaide Clemens, Johnny Ray Gill, J. Smith-Cameron, Bruce McKinnon, Jake Austin Walker, Sean Bridgers and Michael O’Neil discuss the research they did (or didn’t do) and how they view their characters.
This week, Vox goes over five qualities that make RECTIFY “the best TV show you’re almost certainly not watching,” while Variety raves about Season Two and mulls over the series’ “quiet power.” See what everyone is talking about, log in and watch Season 2 of RECTIFY right now.
Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY’s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here’s your guide to every song featured in Season 2.
Production designer Hugh “D.G.” Moody talks prison sets, contributing to character backstories and hiding Easter eggs.
Q: Is there any overarching design philosophy on RECTIFY that you keep in mind at all times?
A: Primarily the muted color palette and realistic locations. The show’s hyperrealistic, so sometimes we find locations and they’re just perfect. Most of the time, they’re not quite right. Sometimes you don’t know what exactly’s not right about it, but after you spend some time in the space you can usually identify it and identify how to change it to fit the world we’re trying to create.
Q: You’re responsible for every last detail of people’s living spaces. How do you figure out each character’s taste?
Now that Season 2 of RECTIFY has come to a close, SundanceTV is treating you to a full-series marathon–starting with Episode 1 of Season 1–on Sun, Aug. 24 at 6AM/7c. Whether it’s a cure for your Holden withdrawals or a chance to catch up from the beginning, use our marathon checklist below and maximize your Paulie experience.
Can’t wait for RECTIFY Season 3? Keep up with the stars throughout their upcoming big and small-screen projects in the meantime.
At the motel, Daniel wakes up in Tawney’s arms and tells her he’s leaving Paulie. She says she’s leaving, too. He then tells her that he assaulted Teddy but doesn’t think Teddy deserved it.
Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. The finale features only one song, but it’s significant:
This week, The Huffington Post’s Sasha Bronner gives readers seven reasons the “elegant, lyrical” RECTIFY is her “favorite underrated show on TV”, while Vox applauds “one of TV’s best shows” and its Season 3 renewal. See what everyone is talking about, log in and watch the entire first episode of RECTIFY Season 2 right now.
Michael O’Neill, who plays Senator Roland Foulkes on RECTIFY, debates where his character sits on the good-guy/bad-guy spectrum and the realities of shooting a love scene.
Consider yourself the ultimate fan of RECTIFY? Want to help spread the word? Want to be rewarded for doing so? Well, SundanceTV is giving a few lucky fans a Paulie Tire Store T-shirt. (Talk about an insider’s prize!)
Can’t wait to find out what happens on the season finale of RECTIFY, Thu., Aug. 21 at 9/8c? SundanceTV has 10 ways to help you hold out for the Holdens a little longer.