WE TV builds scripted slate

Female-skewing cable network WE TV is moving into scripted series and has ordered its first original drama.



The Divide (10×60′), written by Richard LaGravenese and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, tells the story of a case worker who believes a death-row inmate was wrongly convicted of a young family’s murder 11 years earlier.

Marin Ireland will lead the case with Damon Gupton, Joe Anderson, Aunjanue Ellis, Clarke Peters and Paul Schneider.

LaGravenese and Goldwyn will executive produce for AMC Studios with showrunner John Tinker. Andrew Sugerman is the co-executive producer.

It will premiere in 2014.

AMC Networks-owned WE TV has also put three original dramas into development.

They include All American Woman (working title), in which the lives of three different women living in three different years (1964, 1988, 2013) unfold against the backdrop of one common theme – All American Woman magazine. Produced by Fox Television Studios, it is executive produced by Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano through Depth of Field Productions, writers Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, and co-executive produced by Jenni Ross.

Dirty is about a successful financier who falls on hard times and is forced to live and work with her former housekeeper. From Fox Television Studios, it is written by Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hope, and executive produced by RJ Cutler.

Headhunters examines the attempts of women to confront ambiguity and conflicting choices in their lives. It is executive produced by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, and written by Susanna Styron.

AMC Networks’ stable of channels include AMC and Sundance Channel, with original series including The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Rectify.

Source: WE TV / Futon Critic