So it’s not all gloom and doom so far in 2021, Dear and Constant Readers: For fans of the SundanceTV series State of the Union, good news was delivered in the form of a season two renewal for this series which is set to star Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York) and Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent). Joining these master-thespians is Esco Jouley (Blindspotting); it wasn’t a little bird who delivered this great news but rather those delightful moonbeams of fun over at The Hollywood Reporter.
State of the Union is an Emmy Award winning series comprised of ten minute vignettes written by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity). The first season – directed by master helmer Stephen Frears (The Queen) followed a couple that would meet in a little pub every week prior to their marriage counselling session. This simple enough premise was mined successfully for comedic pathos gold, enough so that audiences clamored for a season two. Mission accomplished, World; mission accomplished.
“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,” president of original programming at AMC Dan McDermott enthused in a press release. “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.”
In a case of Dueling Banjos (or, er, Dueling Press Releases), executive producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta of production house See-Saw Films had this to say: “We are over the moon to be given another opportunity to work with Nick and Stephen on a new season of State of the Union with our friends at SundanceTV. We are incredibly happy to welcome Brendan, Patricia and Esco to the team for a new story this season.”
Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears both executive produce State of the Union alongside Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. The resplendent Sophie Reynolds of aforementioned production house See-Saw Film produces. The executive VP international programming for AMC and SundanceTV (who also happens to have, by the way, the single longest job title in the history of Everything Ever) Kristin Jones is the exec in charge over at SundanceTV.
A drop date for the new season of State of the Union has yet to be announced.