Nellie Andreeva

Sundance Channel has renewed its first wholly owned original scripted series Rectify for a second season. The 10-episode order comes on the heels of Rectify‘s premiere last week. The series will end its freshman season May 20 and return for Season 2 in 2014. Rectify, about a man (Aden Young) released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row, is created and written by Ray McKinnon and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. “We feel as though this story has tapped into something truly unique, with both critics and audiences using their platforms to share such strong, personal reactions to this very distinctive TV series,” said Sundance’s President and General Manager Sarah Barnett. Sundance and parent AMC Networks put a lot of muscle behind the launch of Rectify, putting the series on Sundance On Demand ahead of the premiere and getting its episodes to encore behind Mad Men on sibling AMC. Because Sundance is not rated by Nielsen, there is no ratings information on the Rectify premiere.

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