Sundance finds its Descendants

Weeks away from the debut of its first wholly owned original series, US cable network Sundance Channel has greenlit its next solo project.

Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel

The Descendants (working title, 6×60’) revolves around a sheriff who is struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities – the small town where he grew up and the neighbouring mountainous community that is home to Indians.

When his wife is caught up in a tragedy that leads to a cover-up, the sheriff is forced into an uneasy alliance with a member of the tribe that threatens to come back to haunt them.

It comes from Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the pilot, and producer Sarah Condon.

The commission for The Descendants comes as Sundance also restructures its executive team.

Christian Vesper has been named senior vice president of scripted development and current, while Jordan Helman is now director of scripted development and current.

Both will report to the AMC Networks-owned channel’s recently appointed head of programming and development, Nena Rodrigue.

Sundance’s first wholly-owned original series, Rectify, will premiere in the US on April 22.

Rectify

Rectify

Before then, Sundance-coproduced miniseries Top of the Lake will air on March 18.

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

Source: Sundance Channel / Futon Critic