Jane Campion's atmospheric Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake became a critical sensation upon its release in 2013, and we learned last year that it was coming back for a second season. Today, we're privy to some more good news about its return: production is starting this year, and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss is set to return as tenacious police detective Robin Griffin. The show's second season is set to take place in Sydney, a major shift from the first season's rural New Zealand setting. Campion will be writing and directing the show in conjunction with writer Gerard Lee and a co-director who hasn't been named yet.
It wasn't always clear that Top of the Lake would have a second season at all, much less one with Moss at its front. Speaking to Newsweek in 2013, a few days before the first season's premiere, Campion said there wouldn't be another season whatsoever. Her writing pen backed that sentiment up: Top of the Lake's first run more or less resolved its plot, which centered around the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl from a small, troubled community. A year and a half later, it was announced that Campion and Lee were putting together another bundle of episodes. It's hard to say whether the heaps of recognition the series received — five Emmy nominations and a win at the Golden Globes for Moss' work — had any impact on Campion's decision to run it back. Either way, Moss' return to Campion's world is just another reason to get excited for one of TV's most precise, idiosyncratic young series. Top of the Lake should be back on the air sometime in 2016.