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‘State of the Union’ Renewed by SundanceTV

From left: Chris O’Dowd as Tom and Rosamund Pike as Louise in SundanceTV's 'State of the Union'
Chris O’Dowd (left) as Tom and Rosamund Pike as Louise in season one of SundanceTV's 'State of the Union' (Image credit: Marc Hom/SundanceTV)

SundanceTV has renewed State of the Union, a drama written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears. Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson and Esco Jouley will star in the second season, which will have 10 episodes. 

Episodes are just 10 minutes long. 

State of the Union explores relationships and the human experience. In season two, liberal Ellen (Clarkson) drags her traditional husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have 10 minutes before their marriage counseling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns. 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.

“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,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks. “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.”

Season one had Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd playing a couple that meets for drinks before their weekly marriage counseling sessions. 

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

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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.