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Legal Thriller ‘The Divide’ Canceled After 1 Season (Damon Gupton, Nia Long, Clarke Peters)

Legal Thriller 'The Divide' Canceled After 1 Season (Damon Gupton, Nia Long, Clarke Peters)

The project has always read like a stellar drama to me, on paper, given those involved, the premise, and the fact that it was initially set to run on AMC (known for its strong, award-winning dramatic programming slate). And that’s why I did eventually tune in to watch it, when it aired over the summer – its first (and with today’s news, its only) season.

When I learned that it would instead air on WEtv, as I noted in a previous post, I wondered whether the series would be a right fit for WEtv, given WEtv’s past and current lineup of shows, which includes a reality TV-heavy slate like "Braxton Family Values," "Bridezillas," and its spin-off called "Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas," and others.

Not exactly weighty, dramatic, suspenseful, dark scripted material. So I wondered if the move to WEtv (it was initially set to run on sister site AMC TV) would actually hurt the show, given the channel’s demographic, and the possibility that non-WEtv viewers may not switch over, even if it was for 1 night a week, to watch the show.

It was part of the network’s stated rebranding strategy.

However, I can’t say whether any of this was of any influence on the network’s decision to cancel "The Divide," the Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn drama that starred Damon Gupton as Adam Powell – a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the re-investigation of a sensational racially-motivated murder case. Marin Ireland starred opposite Gupton as a caseworker who challenges Powell’s convictions.

Nia Long took over the role that Aunjanue Ellis was initially cast to play – the district attorney’s wife, Billie Powell, who’s described as a hard-charging successful partner in a private equity firm.

Also, Clarke Peters played a supporting role as Adam’s (Damon’s) father, Isaiah Page, a retired cop and the former Philadelphia police commissioner.

By the way, Tony Goldwyn of "Scandal" fame (President Fitzgerald Grant) is one of the show’s creators.

But it’s a done deal. After an 8-episode first season that ended on August 2, WEtv has canceled its freshman drama series "The Divide."

Maybe another network will pick it up…

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Comments

Jae

Please please please bring back this well scripted, attention grabbing, thrill ride! I’m still in disbelief. This was one of thee best shows on TV..ugh!

TMG

Hugely Disappointed that The Divide was cancelled! By far…one of my favorite shows!

Jeff Kirkman III

This is a very interesting series. The switch from AMC to WEtv was a little jarring as I’d never watched anything on WE prior to THE DIVIDE and barely found the channel. Hopefully it gets picked up by another network, Damon Gupton, Clarke Peters, and the rest of the cast were doing a great job.

Whitney

Nooo! I really enjoyed watching this with my dad. They left off in a cliffhanger and the finale was pretty explosive.

Linda Mims

This was a really good show. Shonda really influenced Tony. It was smart, well acted and well paced. I would follow it to another network. How about it ABC!

Kelea

*Gupton…typing too fast

Kelea

Yes, this show never got a proper chance. I was so happy to see Damon Gupta in a lead role.

Kayla

man I really wanted to like that show but I couldn’t get past the first ep…. it just didn’t grab me…

Late to the Party

I didn’t even know this show was a show.

Mike

Why did "The Divide" air on WEtv? I never thought it was suited for that network anyway.

Miles Ellison

Of course it was cancelled. AMC didn’t actually want anyone to watch it.

Akim

This is a huge loss! The Divide was a good show that didn’t deserve this. Its almost as if AMC wanted the show to get cancelled since they knew no one would watch it on WEtv!

Weadia Media

Say it ain’t so!! I watched this every week. It was a well-written and dramatic show that I loved. Everyone did their part in this series. And the ending! Wow! I thought it was popular and would be coming back. Damn, Damn Damn!! I hope it gets picked up by someone.

Scott

That’s too bad, I enjoyed the show. I’m not apart of WeTv’s demo, but I still watched. I thought they were all-in on building up the scripted drama. Being that I read on Deadline the other day that they ordered another scripted drama(of the horror/thriller genre).

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