Acorn TV & TVNZ Renew Under the Vines


AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and TVNZ have ordered another season of the New Zealand romantic dramedy Under the Vines following its premiere in the U.S. and Australia.

Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, Winter) and Charles Edwards (The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Crown, Downton Abbey) will reprise their roles as Daisy Munroe and Louis Oakley, who will continue to navigate running the Otago winery they inherited while also navigating their feelings for each other.

The first season, which recently debuted in the U.S. and Australia, is slated to premiere on Acorn TV in the U.K. on January 10 and on TVNZ 1 in New Zealand in early 2022.

Producer Paul Yates joins Under the Vines to helm season two, alongside New Zealand directors Josh Frizzell and Katie Wolfe. Production will begin in early 2022 in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Under the Vines is produced by Libertine Pictures and EQ Media Group in association with Hardy White Pictures. The writing team includes Australian writer and creator Erin White and script producer Kelly LeFever, along with New Zealand scribes Nick Ward, Kathryn Burnett, Steph Matuku and Harry McNaughton.

“I am beyond thrilled that we were commissioned to commence season two of Under the Vines even before it has gone to air,” said Gibney, who is also an executive producer for the show. “It shows such enormous faith in our series, and I am very grateful to Acorn TV and TVNZ for their amazing support. To be given the opportunity to work with the phenomenally talented Charles Edwards and to showcase not only the incredible talent here in New Zealand but the majesty of the location in the South Island was such a gift, and I have no doubt season two will bring as much joy and heart this time around.”

Yates, who recently wrapped production on the horror-comedy Wellington Paranormal, said, “I was stoked to be asked to produce the next series of this delightful show with such an incredible cast of local and international actors. The idea of making a fun romantic comedy in the heart of New Zealand’s best wine region during these tough times really appealed. And looking forward to having no spooky monsters to deal with!”

Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises, added, “We are elated to return to New Zealand’s picturesque wine country with TVNZ for a second season of Under the Vines. With its incredibly talented stars, Rebecca Gibney and Charles Edwards, we are confident this lighthearted, humorous and cozy journey will continue to delight our audiences worldwide.”

Under the Vines has been an incredible co-production from the very start, and we’re thrilled to be extending our commitment to the series and to our production partners by confirming a second season,” said Cate Slater, director of content at TVNZ. “We’re also excited to showcase Under the Vines to Kiwi viewers when season one screens on TVNZ 1 early in 2022.”