Nick Hornby’s well-received short-form comedy sequence is headed again to SundanceTV for a sophomore season.
“State of the Union,” the Emmy-winning short-form comedy sequence created by Nick Hornby, will return for Season 2 later within the 12 months.
SundanceTV, which premiered the primary season of the present in Could 2019, introduced that Hornby and director Stephen Frears will reunite for the present’s upcoming sophomore season. Brendan Gleeson (“In Bruges”), Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”) and Esco Jouléy (“Excessive Upkeep”) will star in Season 2, which is able to encompass 10, 10-minute episodes (identical to Season 1). A selected launch date for Season 2 was not offered.
Per SundanceTV, the Season 2 synopsis reads:
“State of the Union” cleverly explores relationships and the human expertise. On this season, liberal campaigning Ellen (Clarkson) drags her conventional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his consolation zone and right into a hipster Connecticut espresso store, the place they’ve 10 minutes earlier than their marriage counseling session to drink a espresso, collect their ideas, and argue about the whole lot from Quakerism to pronouns. Amongst the bickering additionally they talk about betrayals from their previous, how they’re altering as folks, and what the way forward for their relationship would possibly appear to be in a altering world.
“The primary season of ‘State of the Union’ was a triumph of storytelling kind, charming audiences — 10 minutes at a time — by neatly and authentically exploring our basic humanity and curiosity round what makes folks suppose, really feel, love, and work together,” Dan McDermott, president of authentic programming for AMC Networks, mentioned in an announcement. “We’re thrilled to as soon as once more associate with the nice Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears, and welcome Brendan, Patricia, and Esco, to interrupt new floor in short-form storytelling with a sequence constructed on essentially the most common and unifying aspect of all — the human relationship.”
Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman will government produce Season 2 alongside Hornby and Frears. Sophie Reynolds and Kristin Jones will function producers.
The primary season of “State of the Union” starred Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd and centered on the duo as they met for drinks forward of their weekly marriage counseling appointments. The present gained the Emmy for Excellent Brief-Kind Comedy or Drama Sequence in 2019, whereas Pike and O’Dowd gained Emmys for Excellent Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Sequence and Excellent Actor in a Brief Kind Comedy or Drama Sequence, respectively.
The primary season of “State of the Union” acquired a optimistic crucial reception; IndieWire’s Ben Travers praised Hornby’s dialogue and Pike and O’Dowd’s performances in his grade B+ review in 2019, when the sequence premiered on the Sundance Movie Pageant.
“Hornby’s dialogue walks the effective line between Sorkin-esque poetry, the place the phrases draw a lot consideration to themselves you’ll be able to solely settle for them as lovely, made-to-order leisure, and naturalistic expressions of affection, frustration, and exploration,” Travers mentioned in his evaluate. “They’re witty sufficient to be written however not so good they couldn’t have been thought up on-the-spot, below the very best circumstances. Actually, there’s a rat-a-tat rhythm between their shared ideas that must be accepted, or else the entire manufacturing could be slowed down by the areas that ought to, realistically, be there, however that’s the way it needs to be, and O’Dowd and Pike erase any lingering objections with their endearing personalities.”