Comedy Rutherford Falls has been renewed by streamer Peacock for a second season. From Universal Television, the half-hour series follows 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.
Rutherford Falls, which debuted in April, also stars Michael Greyeyes (I Know This Much Is True), Jesse Leigh (Heathers) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek). The series 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; Superstore). Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett also serve as executive producers.
“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.”
Historically, Rutherford Falls is one of only a few shows to have a Native lead (Jana Schmieding) and, behind the scenes, a variety of Native writers to accurately build the story arc.
“We can’t be tokenized anymore,” Schmieding said in an interview with NBC News. “We’re really trying to normalize our existence.”
The series showcases modern Natives in modern America dealing with modern issues that other humans may face as well. Ten episodes were produced in season one.