By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 14, 2014 at 2:29PM
Sundance Channel found a critical hit in "The Returned," its French supernatural drama about a small mountain town where the dead start suddenly coming back to life, looking just as they did before they passed away, whether a week or a decade ago. Their family, friends and lovers are faced with the return of people they have already grieved and put behind them, and tensions between the living and the revenants grow. The network has now announced that it has licensed the second season of the series, with plans to premiere it in late 2014.
The series, which is produced by Canal+ and is based on the 2004 film "They Came Back," first aired in France is 2012. The eight-episode second season is currently in development.
"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," said Sundance Channel President Sarah Barnett. "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."
"The Returned" was created by Fabrice Gobert and produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.