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Video: Exclusive first look at Frances Fisher on 'Rectify'

The great Frances Fisher is guest-starring on Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s second-season drama about a death-row convict’s dreamlike return to life outside the prison walls. In the episode, the still-recovering Daniel visits a museum in Atlanta and runs into Fisher, who invites him over to a gals’ luncheon that’s straight out of Real Housewives. Check out an exclusive clip from the episode: READ FULL STORY

When 'whodunit?' is beside the point: The artful, absorbing ambiguities of 'Rectify'

Daniel Holden wanders his world dazed and confused, humbled and harrowed, like a fuzzy-headed Lazarus lost for bearings after getting called out of the tomb. Whether this dead man walking deserves his miraculous parole is the hazy question mark at the center of Rectify, a somber existential mystery about historical injustice, guilt, alienation, and other deep stuff. Season 1 tracked and pondered its protagonist, a veritable philosophical zombie, as he shuffled back and through his hometown of Paulie, Georgia — a fictional place; the name suggests (to me) sudden impact Pauline conversions and that apostle’s legendary jailbreak — after 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Hanna. Newly discovered DNA evidence has vacated the verdict, and no one is more dumbstruck than Daniel. After all, the boy confessed to the crimes back in the day. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'Rectify' season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s been exactly one year since the first season finale of Rectify, the powerful drama about a man released from death row into the wonders and terrors of the modern world. The show finally returns for a ten-episode second season on June 19 — but before then, EW is excited to share an exclusive trailer for the show’s return.

Mostly, the trailer promises more: More intra-family melodrama, more beautiful shots of the Southern naturescape, and more reasons to tell everyone that they have to start watching Rectify now. For now, watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Rectify' season 2 First Look: Daniel recovers from brutal beating -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

SundanceTV’s Rectify — a drama that follows one man’s journey to rebuild his life after being released from death row — left fans with quite the cliffhanger at the end of season 1, and if you just can’t wait for season 2 to start back up in June, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at the two exclusive stills we have from premiere. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'Rectify' star Abigail Spencer on the importance of chemistry (and nail polish)

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

When you first see Abigail Spencer on screen in Sundance’s strong miniseries Rectify, she’s a chain-smoking ball of nervous energy. Over the course of the six-parter, her character, Amantha, becomes the foil to her brother Daniel (Aden Young), who went from death row to freedom. As he is quiet and still, she’s electric, right down to the you-can’t-tame-me mane of hers. READ FULL STORY

'Rectify': Sneak peek of tonight's season finale -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s never just about remodeling the kitchen, is it?

Tonight, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series wraps its first season with a finale that could find former death-row prisoner Daniel Holden (Aden Young) leaving his hometown for good. Daniel’s had a rough few decades — he was arrested and jailed 19 years before Rectify begins for murdering and raping his teenage girlfriend. Though new DNA evidence has shed doubt on his conviction — allowing Daniel to finally return home — he hasn’t yet been exonerated for the crime.

In this clip from the finale, a simple conversation about home improvement between Daniel and his mother (J. Smith-Cameron) leads to tears — and maybe some sort of emotional breakthrough. Just don’t expect it — or the rest of the episode — to reveal whether Daniel is guilty or innocent: as Smith-Cameron told EW last month, “I think that Daniel’s not sure what happened, so therefore it’s impossible to know.”


'Rectify' review: Sundance Channel miniseries features fine acting, scattered storytelling

Watching death-row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) be prepped for release after serving 18 years for raping and murdering a girl is like watching a corpse be readied for a funeral. Pale and devoid of emotion, he’s fancied up in a suit and tie, a freshly-wiped-clean blank slate presented to the public.”I’m not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life,” he tells the press assembled outside the prison, with the cadence of someone who suddenly has all the time in the world. “I will seriously need to reconsider my worldview.” READ FULL STORY

'Rectify' stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford on the gritty drama

The Sundance Channel’s new show bows Monday night, boasting a very slow and emotional build over its six-episode arc. EW spoke to three of the show’s stars about the characters they play on the gritty, lifelike new scripted fare.

Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford opened up about the places they had to go and the emotions they had to portray as they dove headfirst into this depiction of a man who is released from prison into the uncertain world of a small Southern town — and the family who surrounds him. READ FULL STORY

Binge screening Sundance's new series, 'Rectify': What we learned

Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series, is a heavy order on paper: It follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who spent 20 years on death row for the rape and murder of a teenage girl before his conviction is vacated with the appearance of new DNA evidence. This means Daniel’s freedom as well as the possibility of another trial — two things that equal a week’s worth of small-town Georgia strife for Daniel and his family, including his younger sister/biggest defender Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and parents. Jessica Shaw wrote in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, “There’s no shortage of cinematically shot and finely acted moments … Rectify’s many stories are strung together with a wonderful, airy pacing.”

In advance of the show’s premiere on April 22, Sundance partnered with BuzzFeed for a special binge screening of the entire first season (a six-hour affair) as well as a cast Q&A. The result is a specific appreciation for Rectify, which is full of flavor but wanting for balance, as well as some illuminating dish from the actors:


'Rectify': First look at new drama from the producers of 'Breaking Bad' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Original programs like Breaking BadMad Men, and The Walking Dead are among AMC Networks’ success stories on its namesake channel — and now the company is beginning to branch out, bringing scripted originals to its Sundance Channel as well. The two-part miniseries Restless, starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, premiered on the Sundance Channel last December; Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake will bow in March.

Next on the list: Rectify, a six-episode series created by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ray McKinnon and produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein — the celebrated team behind Breaking Bad. The story follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), an alleged murderer who finds himself exonerated and released from prison after 19 years on death row.

“You’ll often see somebody who gets out of prison, exonerated or not, and somebody will say, ‘What do you want to do now?’ And he’ll say, ‘I want a steak dinner and to go see my mother. What Ray said [to me] is, ‘I want to know what happens the next day,'” Johnson said in a phone interview, explaining what drew him to the series.  READ FULL STORY


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