Friday, January 13, 2017

SundanceTV Sets Premiere Dates for 'Hap and Leonard' and 'Gomorrah'; Orders Drama 'The Split'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, SundanceTV announced premiere dates for the second seasons of Hap and Leonard and Gomorrah. The network also announced a co-production partnership with BBC One on the drama The Split.

Season 2 of Hap and Leonard - which SundanceTV notes is its highest-rated original drama series so far - will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10/9c. The new season is once again six episodes.

James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams return as Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. The new season also stars Brian Dennehy, Irma P. Hall, Dohn Norwood, Tiffany Mack and Cranston Johnson.

Jim Mickle and Nick Damici developed the series based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale. They executive produce with showrunner John Wirth, Nick Shumaker, Linda Moran and Jeremy Platt. AMC Studios and Nightshade Plattform produce.

The second season of Italian drama Gomorrah will premiere on Wednesday, April 26 at 10/9c.

The cast for the series includes Fortunato Cerlino, Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Maria Pia Calzone, Fabio De Caro, Massimiliano Rossi, Gaetano Di Vaio, Marco Palvetti, Ivan Boragine, Elena Starace, Alessio Gallo, Carmine Monaco, Emanuele Vicorito, Vincenzo Sacchettino, Walter Lippa, Antonio Milo, Cristiana Dell'Anna and Cristina Donadio.

Roberto Saviano created the drama based on the book of the same name.

SundanceTV has also announced premiere windows for a number of its returning and new series. Season 2 of Cleverman will debut in Summer 2017. Meanwhile, the second seasons of Top of the Lake and The A Word as well as new drama Liar will premiere in Fall 2017.

New drama The Split examines the fast-paced world of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters - Hannah, Nina and Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, while Rose is still searching for her place in life. The lives of the sisters and their mother face disruption when their estranged father/husband Oscar returns after a 30-year absence.

Emmy winner Abi Morgan (River, The Hour) created the series and will serve as lead writer. Jane Eden and Louise Ironside are also set to write, with Jessica Hobbs directing. Morgan and Hobbs will executive produce with Jane Featherstone and Lucy Richer. The series will begin production in the UK later in 2017.