The first original series from indie stalwart The Sundance Channel will be made available to viewers in the Great White North, thanks to another move toward original programming by streaming service Netflix.
ITV Global and Netflix announced a deal today that would bring new episodes of the new drama series "Rectify" to Canadian audiences every week. The series stars Aden Young ("Killer Elite") as Daniel Holden, a death row inmate cleared of the rape and murder charges thanks to newly unearthed DNA evidence. After spending nineteen years behind bars, Holden returns to his family and hometown as a stranger in a strange land, faced with many residents who still think he is guilty. The series was created and written by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon, who serves as executive producer on the series along with "Breaking Bad"'s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.
"We are delighted that Netflix is premiering the series in Canada, and offering their viewers the opportunity to watch 'Rectify' in the same week as the U.S. audience," said ITV Studios Global Entertainment senior vice president Dan Gopal. "This illustrates both the international demand for this incredible series, plus our commitment to enable global audiences to enjoy new content as close as possible to the premiere market."
Netflix has already launched the first two episodes of the series, while the remaining episodes of the season will premiere weekly in sync with the U.S. broadcast dates.
Netflix vice president of content acquisition Sean Carey added, "We are pleased to be the home for 'Rectify' in Canada and pleased to make such a quality series available at the same time it airs in the United States."