Here's something you may not know about actor Ray McKinnon: He won an Academy Award for writing and directing the 2001 short film The Accountant. He's also the writer-creator of the new drama Rectify (Mondays, 10/9c, Sundance Channel), in which Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden, a man who is released from prison after serving 19 years for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. DNA evidence appears to clear Daniel, but plenty of folks in his hometown still believe he's guilty. McKinnon answered our showrunner survey to explain why viewers will be captivated by Rectify.
TV Guide Magazine: I have time to watch one more show. Why it should be yours?
Ray McKinnon: My, you have such a busy life. Well...you might need your "one more show" to be un-busy. Rectify is un-busy. It might soothe you if not distract you from all you got going on.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
McKinnon: Humans and cats.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
McKinnon: You will be sentenced to death. (Your cat will likely be pardoned.)
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for Rectify?
McKinnon: Could I Have A Room With That View?
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like ________, you'll love our show."
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
McKinnon: Each week the star, an executioner by trade, has to deal with yet another prisoner being exonerated. As the pressure mounts relating to job security, the poor lethal injector contemplates suicide. It's an existential kitchen drama.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren't producing this show, what series would you most like to be an executive producer on?
McKinnon: All of the CSIs.
TV Guide Magazine: With what show would you like to do a crossover episode?
McKinnon: The Good Wife. It would be the culture war on acid.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
McKinnon: It will make the face more asymmetrical.
TV Guide Magazine: If you were released after several years in jail for a crime you didn't commit, what's the first thing you would do?
McKinnon: Go rob a bank.