Peacock wants to take us back to Rutherford Falls. The streaming service has renewed the single-camera comedy series for a second season.
Created by Michael Schur, Ed Helms, and Sierra Teller Ornelas, the Rutherford Falls TV show stars Helms, Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), Michael Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation), Jesse Leigh, and Dustin Milligan. The story follows Nathan Rutherford (Helms) and Reagan Wells (Schmieding), two lifelong best friends. Nathan is a proud descendant of the town’s founder and he runs the town’s heritage museum. Reagan is a member of the Minishonka Nation and she has dreams of championing the history of her people. The two find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wake-up call.
Here’s the renewal announcement from Peacock:
PEACOCK ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED COMEDY “RUTHERFORD FALLS” FROM UNIVERSAL TELEVISION
· Critically-acclaimed Peacock Original comedy series RUTHERFORD FALLS from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, has been renewed for a second season.
· “We are so proud to be a part of RUTHERFORD FALLS a smart comedy and a breakthrough moment for Native representation in comedy both in front of and behind the camera,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “RUTHERFORD FALLS embodies the modern, original, and inclusive storytelling viewers want and we are excited to develop season two alongside Sierra, Mike, Ed and the incredible cast.”
· “We are thrilled that Peacock has renewed RUTHERFORD FALLS for a second season,” said Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television. “It’s been wonderful to watch Reagan, Nathan, Bobbie, Terry, and the rest of the Rutherford Fallians come to life in this ambitiously witty series. Mike, Sierra and Ed poured their creative geniuses into the show, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”
· “We are beyond ecstatic for Season 2! I’m probably slightly biased, but RUTHERFORD FALLS is made by the best writers, cast, and crew, on earth. Not to mention Ed Helms and Mike Schur, two of the nicest guys in the business. We are very grateful to the folks at Universal Television and Peacock for continuing to champion Indigenous comedies,” said Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas.
· RUTHERFORD FALLS represents a breakthrough moment in Native representation in comedy television both in front of and behind the camera.
· RUTHERFORD FALLS is one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms on television with five Native writers staffed on the series including co-creator and executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire(Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), and Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute/Diné/San Carlos Apache). Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Michael Greyeyes ([Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation – Treaty Six Territory in Saskatchewan]) star in the series.
· Season one of the series has reached a remarkable 94% on Rotten Tomatoes earning “Certified Fresh” status.
· RUTHERFORD FALLS is a comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call.
· The series stars Ed Helms (“The Office,” “The Hangover”), Jana Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes (“I Know This Much Is True”), Jesse Leigh (“Heathers”) and Dustin Milligan (“Schitt’s Creek”).
· RUTHERFORD FALLS is from co-creators and executive producers Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Good Place”), Ed Helms (“The Office”) and Sierra Teller Ornelas (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Superstore”). Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett also serve as executive producers. RUTHERFORD FALLS is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Pacific Electric Picture Company.
I’m delighted to see that Rutherford Falls will be coming back. It’s one of the best shows on TV, making important points in an easily-acceptable way. It’s also very funny.