U.S. cable network WE tv has greenlit its first original scripted series, The Divide, and has three other scripted projects in development.
The female-skewing network has given the go-ahead to a 10 x one-hour series following an impassioned case worker and district attorney, written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, The Bridges of Madison County) and co-created with Tony Goldwyn (Damages, Dexter). Produced by AMC Studios, The Divide will premiere in 2014.
“Originally developed and piloted at AMC, The Divide gives WE tv the opportunity to enter the scripted space with a truly engaging series,” said Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks.
“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 in our commitment to telling distinctive stories and bringing viewers quality, cinematic entertainment.”
“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,” added WE tv president and general manager Kim Martin.
The other projects in development include Dirty, executive produced by RJ Cutler (September Issue); All American Woman, from Chris and Paul Weitz (About a Boy); and Headhunters, executive produced by Tom Fantana and Barry Levinson.