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'Rectify' Gets Season-Four Renewal

SundanceTV said it has ordered a fourth season of critically praised drama Rectify, just ahead of the series season premiere Thursday (July 9) at 10 p.m. The fourth season will premiere sometime in 2016, the network said, and an exact episode count for the new season has yet to be determined.

“Even in an increasingly crowded field of dramas on television, Rectify has established itself as something special,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, said in a release. “What Ray McKinnon, this incredible cast and everyone associated with the show have been able to achieve is remarkable, and we are so pleased to usher in this third season with an order for a fourth. Rectify has had such a huge impact in establishing SundanceTV as a home for high-quality, intelligent drama. We are excited to continue this important partnership with Ray and the entire team.”

Rectify, which recently won a Peabody Award, is about a man, Daniel Holden (Aden Young, pictured), a convicted murderer who is released from prison on DNA evidence after serving 19 years on death row and his attempts to adjust to "normal" life in his Georgia hometown. 

An AMC recap: Season three of the hour-long drama picks up where season two left off, on the afternoon of Daniel’s plea deal. Will the deal be accepted? Will Daniel be forced to leave town? And when the body of a missing person is discovered, law enforcement once again turns to him for answers. As Daniel's sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) attempts to live her own life, she is given an opportunity at a local store that for the first time in a long time has nothing to do with her brother. Meanwhile, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) and Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford) struggle to see if their marriage has a future. Janet (J. Smith Cameron) and Ted Sr. (Bruce McKinnon), also under pressure from Daniel’s actions, will find that their marriage is put to the test as well.

Rectify was created and written by Writers Guild Award-nominated Ray McKinnon, who executive produces, along with Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

This post-July-4 week has been a big one for cable-network series renewals, including ones at Comedy Central (South Park), Cartoon Network (Adventure Time and four other series), USA Network (Chrisley Knows Best), Lifetime (UnREAL) and Oxygen (The Prancing Elites Project).