WE TV Cancels ‘The Divide’ After One Season

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WE TV will not being moving forward with The Divide.

The AMC Networks owned cabler has pulled the plug on the Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn created drama series after one 8 episode season, TVWise has learned.

The Divide explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system. 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 12 years earlier. The AMC Studios produced series stars Marin Ireland (Homeland), Damon Gupton (Rake), Joe Anderson (The River), Aunjanue Ellis (The Mentalist), Clarke Peters (The Wire) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation).

The drama, which was originally developed for AMC, marked WE TV’s first original drama series and despite its auspices failed to pull in strong ratings. It debuted in July to just under 0.5 million viewers and by the time the finale aired late September the audience had dwindled to just a tick under 0.3 million viewers. Ratings aside, there was, according to sources, some concern about the creative direction of the show going forward.

“We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WE tv’s first scripted series,” a representative of the network said in a statement.

Despite the demise of The Divide, WE TV execs remain committed to producing original scripted fare and are cognisant of the time it can take for a network to establish a “brand” in an arena where they have previously been absent. WE TV already has a second scripted series in the works, South of Hell from Hemlock Grove‘s Eli Roth – which began production earlier this month for a 2015 premiere.