In the spring, A&E cancelled their TV series The Returned after one season. It was based on a French series of the same name (Les Revenants in French) and that show was renewed for a second season. SundanceTV has now announced that the eight new episodes will begin airing on Saturday, Halloween night, at 10pm.
Here’s the press release:
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND SEASON OF SUNDANCE TV’S AWARD-WINNING DRAMA “THE RETURNED” PREMIERES HALLOWEEN NIGHT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST AT 10:00PM ET/PT
This Halloween night, SundanceTV will launch the highly anticipated second season of the International Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series “The Returned.” Produced by Haut et Court TV for CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE and embraced in season one by critics who touted the show as “eerie, tense, and highly addictive,” the series returns on Saturday, October 31st at 10:00PM ET/PT. In the premiere episode, entitled “The Child,” six months have passed since the Horde mysteriously disappeared.
Get caught up on season one with a recap video here, and tune in to full episodes during the season one marathon on Sunday, October 18th starting at 6:00AM ET/PT on SundanceTV.
“The Returned” takes place in an idyllic French mountain town, where 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.
The second season of “The Returned” picks up six months after the deceased gathered outside the Helping Hand shelter before disappearing into the mountains with Simon (Pierre Perrier), Camille (Yara Pilartz), her mother, Claire (Anne Consigny), Julie (Céline Sallette) and the mysterious youngster Victor (Swann Nambotin). Since then, nothing has been heard of them or the police who fought to protect the Helping Hand shelter’s residents. In present day, Adèle (Clotide Hesme) is about to give birth to Simon’s child, part of the town is still flooded and the dam remains under surveillance, with the army providing logistical support for those residents who have chosen to stay. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously, among them Léna (Jenna Thiam) and her father Jérôme (Frédéric Pierrot), who have not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille. But when a mysterious man named Berg (Laurent Lucas) pays a visit to the town, it appears he knows more than he claims.
New characters this season – Berg (Laurent Lucas), Milan (Michaël Abitboul), Audrey (Armande Boulange) and Virgil (Ernst Umhauer) – join returning characters Toni (Grégory Gadebois), Serge (Guillaume Gouix) and Lucy (Ana Girardot). “The Returned” is produced by Haut et Court TV for CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE and written by Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert and Fabien Adda. The series is directed by Gobert and Frédéric Goupil. Mogwai will return to score the season two soundtrack.
What do you think? Have you seen this critically acclaimed series? Do you plan to tune in for season two?