Satellite service provider DirecTV has nabbed a scripted series of its own — its first original show. “Rogue” will star Thandie Newton (of “Mission Impossible 2” and “Crash”) as a conflicted cop named Grace who thinks she may have brought about the death of her son with her actions, and whose investigation into what happened is complicated by her romantic involvement with the crime boss who may have been involved.
“Rogue” was created by “The Caller” and “Dot the I” director Matthew Parkhill, who’ll also serve as the writer. Nick Hamm (of “Killing Bono”) will executive produce alongside John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne and Steven Marrs from Momentum Entertainment Group.
The suspense show will sart shooting in August and is set to air next summer on DirecTV’s own Audience Network. While DirecTV hasn’t had an original series all its own before “Rogue,” it has been dabbling in the area of original programming, subsidizing the final three seasons of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” in exchange for being able to air the episodes first, and keeping the beloved show going when the network probably would have canceled it otherwise. DirecTV also took on two more seasons of “Damages” after FX chose to let the twisty drama go — the final ten-episode arc will air exclusively on DirecTV starting July 11th.
DirecTV’s also been the home to a few acquired series, including Australian crime drama “Underbelly” and the upcoming UK show “Hit and Miss,” starring Chloë Sevigny.