SundanceTV, part of AMC Networks, is commissioning a franchise of documentaries as part of a new “True Crime Story” strand.
The new strand plans to use a variety of different perspectives to tell true-crime stories. The first two series announced for the strand are It Couldn’t Happen Here, which premieres on September 9, and Indefensible, which debuts on October 14. AMC Studios Content Distribution is managing worldwide sales for both series.
It Couldn’t Happen Here (6 x 60 minutes) focuses on small-town American crime stories. The show is hosted by actress Hilarie Burton Morgan (The Walking Dead, One Tree Hill; pictured, left) and sees her visiting small towns all over America to speak to family members and local insiders about the impact that the crimes have had on small, often rural communities where many people know both the victims and the perpetrators. The series is produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment and executive produced by Robert Friedman, Liz Yale Marsh, and Mike Powers for Bungalow Media + Entertainment, as well as Hilarie Burton Morgan for Mischief Farm, Liz DeCesare and Meg Mortimer for Authentic Management Productions, and Po Kutchins.
Indefensible (6 x 30 minutes) is hosted by Oscar-nominated comedian and filmmaker Jena Friedman (The Daily Show, Palm Springs; pictured, right) and examines the “how” and “why” of not just the crime, but of the often dysfunctional criminal justice system. The series is produced by Left/Right and executive produced by Jena Friedman, Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Anneka Jones, and Eve Rodrick.
“Some of the most memorable programs on SundanceTV in recent years have focused on true crime stories, as we’ve built the category into an important part of the network’s brand,” said Blake Callaway, general manager of SundanceTV, IFC and BBC America in a release. “Working with Hilarie Burton Morgan and Jena Friedman to bring their talents and points of view to this new franchise is an exciting next step. We can’t wait to share these two new series that will offer a unique take on the genre this fall.”