Sundance Channel Acquires Season Two of 'The Returned'

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January 11th, 2014

The Returned

via press release:






Pasadena, CA – TCA - January 11, 2014 – Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the second season of acclaimed supernatural drama “The Returned” from Zodiak Rights.  Season one of the French series premiered on Sundance Channel to universal critical acclaim and was hailed by many as one of the best new series of 2013. The Wall Street Journal called it “a superbly stylish and scary French drama with no equal in its genre,” Entertainment Weekly described it as “eerie, tense and highly addictive” and The Hollywood Reporter stated “one of the most intriguing, utterly original offerings of the year.”  The eight-episode second season is currently in development and will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014.


Sarah Barnett, President and GM of Sundance Channel, stated, “Sundance Channel is becoming a go-to network for quality scripted television that’s a little bit different to what’s airing elsewhere, and ‘The Returned’ has proven to be an incredible addition to our slate.  We were delighted with the overwhelming critical and fan response to the series and we expect that season two will continue to seduce and chill audiences.”


In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.  But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo.  The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.


Following on the heels of Emmy®-nominated “Top of the Lake” and critically acclaimed original scripted series “Rectify,” “The Returned” marks a continued commitment by Sundance Channel to offer daring original entertainment. In addition to the 2014 premiere of season two of “The Returned,” Sundance Channel will have a robust offering of original scripted programs including the network’s second fully owned original scripted series, “The Red Road” premiering on February 27th, the second season of the critically-acclaimed “Rectify,” as well as the original mini-series “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-produced with BBC Worldwide.



  • PRW

    No post for the renewal of The Writers’ Room yet?

  • John A

    I like the show but its so far away for 8 more episodes.

  • j

    Hooray. One of the 5 best shows on TV.

  • cimmer

    Excellent, I really enjoyed it.

  • Steve

    Sundance isn’t available in HD on DirecTV. I would love to watch this series, but refuse to watch anything on DirecTV’s horrible picture quality on their SD channels.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Well there are two more versions of it coming. An English version from A&E and something that sounds more like a ripoff from ABC (unless they cancelled it already). I am sure the A&E version will be somewhat different, and the ABC will try to make it seem that way, but overall there is not much you can do with a story about the dead coming back to life, but not being a zombie, except by varying the scale on which it happens and the reason behind it.

    In the French version it seems like they actually have an idea, which the A&E version will be able to copy. ABC on the other hand, well let me just point out that they were behind the lies of LOST which actually had no explanations (plausible ones that is). So if their version does air, I doubt anyone will trust them enough to develop any mystery behind the return of the previously deceased. Perhaps they will go with the whole – dead people have no rights angle, or how they just broke the life insurance business? ;)

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