WE tv is entering the arena of scripted programming. The network has announced that they have picked up The Divided (formerly known as Untitled Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn Project), which was initially set up at corporate sibling AMC before that network passed on the project last year, with a 10 episode order. In addition, WE tv has also announced that they have put three new scripted dramas (All American Woman, Dirty and Headhunters) into development.
Created by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, The Divide is described as an exploration of personal morality and how all people – especially ambitious people – struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. As an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, Christine Rosa delves into the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family’s heinous murder 11 years earlier. She chases down new evidence in a search for the truth and confronts an equally passionate district attorney, Adam Page, whose view of justice is colored by shades of grey. Throughout the journey, Christine and Adam’s pasts resurface as they are faced with the question of one man’s guilt or innocence intertwined with their own personal histories. The series is being produced by AMC Studios and stars Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Joe Anderson, Aunjanue Ellis, Clarke Peters and Paul Schneider. The executive producers are John Tinker, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.
“The Divide is the kind of compelling, high-quality storytelling that we think will set the right tone for our entry into scripted drama, a significant step in our network’s evolution”, said Kim Martin, WE tv President and General Manager. “We could not be more excited about this project and the talent behind it. We are also very pleased to be following our first scripted series order with three projects in development being driven by an incredible array of award-winning creators.”
While Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks, said, “Originally developed and piloted at AMC, The Divide gives WE tv the opportunity to enter the scripted space with a truly engaging series. It will join other series such as The Walking Dead (AMC), Low Winter Sun (AMC), Mad Men (AMC) and Rectify (Sundance Channel) that AMC Networks has developed or produced”
Details Of The Three New Dramas WE tv Have In Development Follow Below:
All American Woman
America: 1964. 1988. 2013. Three years set in distinctive decades that changed the cultural landscape of the country forever. In All American Woman, the lives of three unique and compelling women unfold against the backdrop of one common thread – All American Woman magazine. All American Woman is executive produced by the Academy® Award nominated Chris and Paul Weitz (About a Boy) and Andrew Miano through Depth of Field productions, with Emmy® Award nominated executive producers/writers Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (Runaway Bride, The Starter Wife) and co-executive producer Jenni Ross. The project is from Fox Television Studios.
From writers Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe (Damages, Nurse Jackie) and executive producer RJ Cutler (Nashville, September Issue), Dirty pairs Lucy – a successful financier who has fallen on hard times and is forced to live and work with her former housekeeper, Maize, in an unexpected and clever enterprise. The project is from Fox Television Studios.
Executive produced by Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, Copper) and Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag The Dog, Copper) and written by Susanna Styron (Borgia, Shadrach, 100 Centre Street). As generations of women are being encouraged to ‘lean in’ in new and innovative ways, Headhunters examines their attempts to confront the ambiguity and conflicting choices that surround their lives today.