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.
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.
Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Warrior, Entourage) returns in the premiere for season two of DREAM SCHOOL as the NYC students’ English teacher. Dorfman talked to us about what made him come back, his own bad school behavior, and which celebrity he’d want as his own mentor.
SundanceTV announced today the start of production for season two of its gripping, original scripted series THE RED ROAD. Production will begin in Atlanta on September 22, and it will air mid-2015.
New casting includes acclaimed Native American actor Wes Studi (Road to Paloma, Hell on Wheels) who plays tribal chief Levi. Returning cast includes Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Road to Paloma), Martin Henderson (Devil’s Knot, The Ring, Smokin’ Aces), Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex, August: Osage County, Black Mass), Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit, The Good Wife), Lisa Bonet (High Fidelity, The Cosby Show), Allie Gonino (The Lying Game, Hidden Away), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga, Wind Walkers) and Golden Globe® nominee Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat).
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s weird, but ever since I wrote my last essay, I keep thinking about that Eleanor Roosevelt quote — “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”
I probably shouldn’t say this, but my brother’s been offered a plea deal. Which, like most deals, means he has to say he did something, and in exchange, they give him some sentence that’s not totally horrible. Like maybe never even go back to prison.
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.
This week, The A.V. Club celebrates RECTIFY’s naturalistic dialogue in a review honing in on the relationship between Daniel and Tawney, while Entertainment Weekly reflects on the series’ silences. See what everyone is talking about, log in and watch the entire first episode of RECTIFY Season 2 right now.
I think maybe the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt is screwing with me, because there is just no way I can write an essay about this: “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” Nope. Not happening. Justice, injustice, all of it is just… Nuh-uh.
The “Which RECTIFY Character Are You” personality test has revealed that most SundanceTV viewers gravitate toward the odd ducks and passionate outsiders. 71% of you discovered an affinity with Amantha, Daniel and Bobby Dean, while just 29% found a little more in common with the straight arrows.
This week, The A.V. Club celebrates RECTIFY’s cinematography and art direction, while Entertainment Weekly digs into series themes of “dreams and hallucinations”. See what everyone is talking about, watch the entire first episode of RECTIFY Season 2 right now.