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SundanceTV announced today its renewal of the Emmy® Award-winning short-form series State of the Union for a second season.

Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson — Photo courtesy of Brendan Gleeson

Written by Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, An Education) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, A Very English Scandal), State of the Union cleverly explores relationships and the human experience.

Leading the second installment of the series are Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects), and Esco Jouléy (High Maintenence).

Said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks:

“The first season of State of the Union was a triumph of storytelling form, captivating audiences – 10 minutes at a time – by smartly and authentically exploring our fundamental humanity and curiosity around what makes people think, feel, love and interact.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the great Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears, and welcome Brendan, Patricia and Esco, to break new ground in short-form storytelling with a series built on the most universal and unifying element of all – the human relationship.”

Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson — Photo by Maarten de Boer

In Season 2, liberal campaigning Ellen (Clarkson) drags her traditional, self-made husband, Scott (Gleeson), out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have ten minutes before their marriage counseling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts, and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns. Amongst the bickering they also discuss betrayals from their past, how they’re changing as people, and what the future of their relationship might look like in a changing world.

Production started earlier in January, maintaining the innovative format of ten 10-minute episodes.

Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman are the executive producers, along with Hornby and Frears, with Sophie Reynolds producing the series for See-Saw Films. Kristin Jones, EVP of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is the executive in charge for SundanceTV.

The first season of State of the Union, which was one of my favorite new series of 2019, starred Oscar®-nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, A Private War) and Emmy®-winner Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Get Shorty), and won three Emmy awards: Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama (Pike), and Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama (O’Dowd).

The second season of State of the Union will premiere on SundanceTV and AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now later this year.

Stay tuned for updates.


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State of the Union: SundanceTV Renews Award-Winning Short-Form Series for Season 2
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