American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?
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Is the American Rust returning for another season? Continue reading to find out more about American Rust Season 2. 

American Rust is an American crime drama television series created by Dan Futterman based on the novel of the same name by Philipp Meyer. The book’s plot is set in a small Rust Belt town in Pennsylvania where the chief of police Del Harris is assigned to do an investigation when the son of the woman he loves is suspected of murder. After the first season concluded, the fans of the series are wondering if the series has been renewed or not.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

Can it be saved from the sudden changes of cancellation by the Showtime network? If you are curious to know about the fate of the series then we’ve got some exciting news for you! Here we’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the release date, plot, and cast, so you can get a head start on the next installment and be prepared before the series airs. Here’s all we know about American Rust Season 2 so far. 

Will there be another season of American Rust?

Yes, it is official! American Rust is returning for a second season after being canceled by Showtime earlier in January 2022. The series has been picked up by Amazon Freevee to renew and continue the story for another installment on the streaming platform rather than cutting the series short after just one season.

The official Twitter handle of Amazon Freevee also shared the news among their followers, quoting, “We can’t wait to bring the next exciting chapter of American Rust to our audience for free. Welcome to the Freevee family!” Take a look at the official post below: 

Why did Amazon Freevee pick up American Rust for Season 2?

As per many reports circulating back in November 2017, USA Network initially ordered American Rust as a straight-to-series, but the network decided not to go further with it a few months later. Sources indicated at the time that the order was reliant on the producers finding a huge actor to play the lead, which they didn’t. 

It then moved to Showtime, where it aired for one season with Daniels attached to star and executive produce. The network said it would not be renewed in January, and now Freevee has picked up the drama after Showtime canceled it. The show will only be available on Freevee.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

According to Deadline, “I’m grateful to Amazon Freevee for giving us the chance to make Season Two of American Rust. Set inside a struggling American small town, our authentic, realistically told story is built for streaming. The movies they don’t make anymore are being made as series at places like Amazon Freevee. It’s where I want to be,” said Daniels.

“American Rust is exactly the type of gritty and engaging storytelling Amazon Freevee audiences love, and we could not be more excited to bring this prestige series to our customers, free of charge,” said Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at Amazon Freevee.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

“We’re delighted to work with the wonderful team at Amazon Freevee to bring American Rust back for a second season,” said Steve Lescroart, president, Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted. “The source material for this series is incredibly rich, and when you add in the world-class talents of Dan Futterman, Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Adam Rapp, and the entire cast and crew, Season Two is sure to enthrall viewers who enjoy premium content. We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to continue telling this story.”

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Season 2 Potential Release Date

The exact release date of American Rust Season 2 is yet to be confirmed by the Amazon Freevee as of June 22, 2022, because the series was renewed just a few weeks back. But on the bright side, as per many reports, the production will begin later this year.

So, the fans seem to be assured that the upcoming season is not delayed and will be released sooner than they anticipated, as the renewal announcement was made by the network on time. 

If we were to guess, we’d say the release date would be between mid and late 2023. Based on the previous season’s release date pattern, the series’ schedule, most likely, begins in September 2023, which is the fall of that year.

Furthermore, we would want to emphasize that this is all guesswork at this time. As a result,  Amazon Freevee will publish and confirm the official release dates for the next season in the following months, which fans should keep an eye on.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Season 2 Expected Plot

The basic premise of the series after season one of American Rust follows the story is recounted from the perspective of police chief Del Harris in a Rust Belt community in southwest Pennsylvania. When the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder, Harris is forced to make a decision about what he’s ready to do to protect him. 

The upcoming season is expected to pick up from the finale episode of the first season, Denmark, released on November 7, 2022. The episode was directed by John Dahl and written by Dan Futterman. It is estimated that the finale episode was watched by 0.394 million US viewers. 

The official synopsis of the episode states, “Harris finally finds the anonymous eyewitness; Lee decides not to return to New York; Billy is returned to the general prison population to face the consequences of his actions; the D.A. may be forced to drop the case.” 

'God's Got It Taken Of' Ep. 9 Official Clip | American Rust | SHOWTIME

As a result, the first episode of American Rust Season 2 is intended to follow this already established idea. While it’s difficult to predict the second season’s exact plot structure this early on, it’s been speculated that the next season would pick up any cliffhangers and subplots and delve right into this world by giving fans something different to look at instead of the same old themes. 

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Season 2 Cast

The original cast from American Rust Season 1 is expected to reprise their roles as we know that Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney will be returning for the second season. On the other hand, no additional casting announcements had been made by the network as of June 21, 2022. As a result, the following is a list of the series’ main characters:

  • Jeff Daniels as Chief Del Harris
  • Maura Tierney as Grace Poe
  • David Alvarez as Isaac English
  • Bill Camp as Henry English
  • Julia Mayorga as Lee English
  • Alex Neustaedter as Billy Poe
  • Mark Pellegrino as Virgil Poe
  • Rob Yang as Deputy Steve Park

Some of the recurring cast of the series is as follows: 

  • Dallas Roberts as Jackson Berg
  • Clea Lewis as Jillian
  • Nicole Chanel Williams as JoJo
  • Federico Rodriguez as Alejandro

Viewers will also be given character descriptions in the near future in order to better understand the dynamics and study those traits in relation to the plot of the upcoming season. As a result, we urge viewers to be patient because these developments will take time to emerge and the network will alert fans ahead of time if any new cast members will be joining the future season.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Season 2 Episodes

American Rust Season 2 is speculated to have 9 episodes which usually have an average runtime of approx 60 minutes just like season one. We’d also like to point out that, the exact episode titles for the upcoming season cannot be confirmed this soon.

For the time being, we recommend that fans wait patiently and binge-watch Season 1 to refresh their memories of key plotlines. Here’s the complete episode guide for you to understand the order properly. 

  • S1E1: The Mill – September 12, 2021
  • S1E2: Happy Returns –  September 19, 2021
  • S1E3: Forgive Us Our Trespasses – September 26, 2021
  • S1E4: My Name is Billy – October 3, 2021
  • S1E5: Jojo Ameri-Go– October 10, 2021
  • S1E6: Debt Collection – October 17, 2021
  • S1E7: Blue Mountains – October 24, 2021
  • S1E8: St. Sebastian – October 31, 2021
  • S1E9: Denmark – November 7, 2021

Moreover, the viewers should keep an eye out for details on the series episode and dates that will be released in the following months, as the number of episodes is ultimately determined by the plot that the show aims to transmit to the viewers, making it a slightly bigger or smaller season than its predecessor.

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

Where to stream American Rust Season 2?

When available to stream, American Rust Season 2 will be accessible on Amazon Freevee as it is an exclusive series being developed for the digital streaming platform.

Moreover, you can stream American Rust Season 1 by renting or purchasing it on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, depending on the viewers’ location and membership plans, which the users can choose from to renew their accounts and watch the series. The series is also available to stream on Showtime or fuboTV. 

American Rust Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?

American Rust Official Trailer

In the trailer for Season 1, the viewers get to see glimpses of the story of survival and transcendence is told through the eyes of the complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town full of good people making bad choices. When news of a murder rips through the town, Harris must decide what lengths he is willing to take to protect the son of the woman he loves.

American Rust (2021) Official Teaser | SHOWTIME

Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more American Rust Season 2 updates.