Considered by many, including me, to be one of the best new series of 2013, "The Returned" ("Les Revenants") follows several random people who inexplicably return to their lives in a small mountain after months or years of being dead. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families, friends and lovers, a series of gruesome murders confirm something sinister also has returned.
The eight-episode second season is currently in development and will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014.
Also on the Sundance slate for this year are the original scripted series "The Red Road," the second seasons of the drama "Rectify" and the unscripted series "The Writers' Room." The original miniseries "The Honorable Woman," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, also will debut later this year.
"The Red Road" will premiere at 8 p.m. Feb. 27. The six-episode drama centers on the uneasy alliance between Sheriff Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) and Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa), a dangerous member of a marginalized and federally unrecognized Native American tribe living just outside of New York City and near Jensen's hometown.
As Jensen struggles to keep his family together while simultaneously policing the two clashing communities, a tragedy and cover-up forces the two together and their lives begin to unravel. Joining Henderson and Momoa in the cast are Julianne Nicholson, Tamara Tunie, Annalise Basso, Allie Gonino, Kiowa Gordon, Lisa Bonet and Tom Sizemore. Watch the trailer above.
Season 2 of "The Writers' Room" will wire in the spring. In the six-episode Season 2, host Jim Rash will have conversations with the writers, producers and actors from a variety of TV series including "Sons of Anarchy" (Kurt Sutter, Charles Murray, Mike Daniels, Katey Sagal), "House of Cards," "Pretty Little Liars" (I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty, Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell), "The Good Wife" (Robert King, Michelle King, Ted Humphrey, Julianna Margulies), "Scandal" (Shonda Rhimes, Mark Wilding, Matt Byrne, Jenna Bans, Heather Mitchell, and Kerry Washington), and a special episode about the growing trend of comic book and graphic novel adaptations in TV which will highlight popular series such as "The Walking Dead" and "Smallville."
Sundance's "Rectify" also landed on my Best of 2013 list. It tells the story of a Death Row inmate (Aden Young) who is unexpectedly released after 19 years into a world he doesn't understand. The 10-episode Season 2 will premiere this summer.
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