PROVO, Utah — “Granite Flats” gets to go back to the past.
BYUtv announced Monday that “Granite Flats,” its period piece which takes place in the 1960s, has been renewed for a second batch of eight episodes.
"Every time you create something, you hope that it will spark the imagination of your audience and your ownership and that it will somehow get a chance to come to fruition," said Scott Swofford, the show's director and executive producer as well as director of content for BYUtv. "Nothing you create is perfect, and so as you look at your first efforts you go, ‘Wow, I hope I get a chance to let this live long enough to fix the things that we know would work better and to enhance it in certain ways.’
"So to be able to go forward with Season 2 is a vote of faith both from our audience and from our ownership."
In addition to being the network’s first scripted drama, “Granite Flats” also bears the distinction of being the most-watched show in BYUtv history.
“The enthusiastic response the show has received, from both viewers and critics across the country, has been inspiring," said Derek Marquis, BYUtv Managing Director and "Granite Flats" executive producer. "(It) confirms that there is a large and diverse national audience looking for primetime programming that the entire family can watch together. We’re delighted to continue the ‘Granite Flats’ adventure with our growing audience.”
The entire ensemble cast of “Granite Flats” will return for Season 2, and filming commences Sept. 30. Perhaps the biggest difference from the first season to the second will be Swofford's decision to step away from the director's chair for most episodes and instead bring in a series of guest directors.
Shortly before “Granite Flats” debuted on April 7, the Deseret News profiled Swofford's family-friendly vision for the new show.
“Swofford gained the green light from BYU officials to make a scripted drama aimed at the whole family,” the Deseret News reported. “ After testing out the first two episodes of ‘Granite Flats’ on his 8-year-old grandson and 96-year-old father, Swofford couldn't conceal his ebullient optimism that ‘Granite Flats’ will indeed appeal to viewers young and old.
“‘I have to get grandfather and grandson in the same swath,’ he said. ‘Granted, that limits the topics, but it doesn’t limit the concepts. Everybody wants to be happy, everybody wants to fight against opposition and everybody wants to overcome whatever their current challenge is.’ ”
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