‘The Sinner’ Earns a Second Season from USA Network

The Sinner Renewed for Season 2
Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti and Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose in ‘The Sinner’ season 1 (Photo by Peter Kramer / USA Network)

USA Network’s compelling dramatic series The Sinner will return for a second season. The series earned a season two renewal order following a first season that ranked as the #1 new cable series of 2017.

The Sinner earned Golden Globe nominations in the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jessica Biel) categories. It currently stands at 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it intriguing, shocking, and complex.

Season one starred Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, and Pullman is set to reprise his role of Detective Harry Ambrose in season two. Biel will continue as an executive producer along with Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Brad Winters, and Antonio Campos. Campos directed three episodes of the show’s first season and will direct episodes one and two of season two. Derek Simonds is returning as the series’ showrunner.

Season two’s eight episodes will air in the summer of 2018.

The Sinner was a huge success for USA Network,” stated Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In our second season, we’ll follow Detective Ambrose as he tracks his newest ‘why-dunnit,’ while staying true to the unique, edge-of-your-seat storytelling that captivated audiences and critics alike.”

“Jessica, Derek, and team created a mesmeric and compelling world in the first installment of The Sinner,” said Dawn Olmstead and George Cheeks, Co-Presidents, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. “We are very proud of the series they have developed and it is with great excitement that we, along with our partners at USA Network, announce a new chapter in Detective Ambrose’s story, played once again by the incomparable Bill Pullman, as he embarks on a gripping new mystery.”

The Sinner Season 2 Plot: In season two Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is lured back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and a mysterious woman who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.

A Look Back at Season 1: The Sinner season one follows a young mother who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror, has no idea why. Detective Harry Ambrose finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive.