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SundanceTV has announced the renewal of the network’s original scripted anthology series “Hap and Leonard.” The dark comedy series, set in the late 1980s and based on the book series of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale, follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white guy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. Six new episodes have been ordered for 2018.
The third season of “Hap and Leonard,” will take inspiration from “The Two-Bear Mambo,” the third installment of Lansdale’s book series. Season one was inspired by the first “Hap and Leonard” novel “Savage Season,” and season two from “Mucho Mojo,” the second book in the series.
“At once darkly funny and socially relevant, there’s no other series like the southern-noir, ‘Hap and Leonard,’ and we couldn’t be prouder that it will continue for another season on SundanceTV,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “James and Michael bring new depth and dimension to the buddy-action genre, and Joe Lansdale’s brilliant work continues to be in excellent hands with John Wirth and company.”
Each season of the anthology series features new supporting characters and a new mystery for Hap and Leonard to solve, with casting for season three to commence shortly. Produced by AMC Studios, John Wirth (“Hell on Wheels,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will return as showrunner and executive producer for season three, and Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt, and Linda Moran will return as executive producers.