“Rutherford Falls” fans can breathe a sigh of relief—the delightfully smart and funny Peacock sitcom has been picked up for a second season.
The main cast, including Jana Schmiedling, Michael Greyeyes and Ed Helms, is expected to return for the next batch of episodes, slated to drop in April 2022. Meanwhile, writers Sierra Teller Ornelas, Helms and Mike Schur will look to recreate some of the magic of the first season.
In addition to bringing multidimensional Native American characters on-screen, “Rutherford Falls” also features a writer's room with one of the largest indigenous writing staffs on American television, with half the writers being of indigenous heritage. That includes Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), and Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute/Diné/San Carlos Apache) as well as Greyeyes ([Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation – Treaty Six Territory in Saskatchewan]) on-screen.
It's the kind of representation that's long been needed in Hollywood. But it's also just the kind of quality programming we never seem to have too much of.
Teller Ornelas told Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast the team is “beyond excited for season two.”
“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,” she said. “We are very grateful to the folks at Universal Television and Peacock for continuing to champion indigenous comedies.”
“Rutherford Falls” is produced by Universal Television, in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Pacific Electric Picture Company. Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, echoed Teller Ornelas' sentiments.
“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,” Katz zaid. “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.”
If you missed the first season of “Rutherford Falls,” we highly recommend catching up!