By Madeline Raynor | Indiewire July 23, 2013 at 3:21PM
WE TV announced its expansion into scripted programming with its first original scripted series, "The Divide," written by Richard LaGravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "Water for Elephants," "The Bridges of Madison County") and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn ("Damages," "Dexter").
Marin Ireland ("Homeland," "The Killing," "Mildred Pierce") will co-star with Damon Gupton ("Prime Suspect," "Deadline"). The cast also includes Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe"), Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help"), Clarke Peters ("The Wire") and Paul Schneider ("Water for Elephants," "Parks and Recreation").
"The Divide" is a cerebral drama that explores personal morality and how all people -- especially ambitious people -- struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a clear-cut moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. Christine Rosa is an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative involved in the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of murdering a family eleven years earlier. She pursues the truth, going head to head with an equally passionate district attorney, Adam Page, whose view of justice is colored by shades of grey. Throughout the journey, Christine and Adam’s pasts resurface as they are faced with the question of one man’s guilt or innocence intertwined with their own personal histories.
LaGravenese said, "It’s really exciting to be a part of creating a new series with the WE tv and AMC gang at a time when - for me as a writer - the television frontier is expanding at such an incredible rate, with all these new venues and new possibilities for storytelling. We also have a kick-ass cast who will give us endless opportunities for kick-ass characters to write."
LaGravenese and Goldwyn will executive produce along with John Tinker ("The Practice") who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner on the project. Andrew Sugerman ("Shopgirl") will co-executive produce. The series will be produced by AMC Studios, which produced the pilot, directed by Goldwyn. Season one will consist of ten hour-long episodes and is set to air in 2014.
WE tv will follow "The Divide" with three additional scripted dramas about the working woman, now in development. See the full descriptions at the bottom. Considering WE's commitment to women's interest programming, "The Divide" and its peers are sure to have strong female characters. Let's just hope they hold to this standard (and that the shows pass the Bechdel test).
"All American Women" (working title)
America: 1964. 1988. 2013. Three years set in distinctive decades that changed the cultural landscape of the country forever. In All American Woman, the lives of three unique and compelling women unfold against the backdrop of one common thread -- All American Woman magazine. All American Woman is executive produced by the Academy Award nominated Chris and Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") and Andrew Miano through Depth of Field productions, with Emmy Award nominated executive producers/writers Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott ("Runaway Bride," "The Starter Wife") and co-executive producer Jenni Ross. The project is from Fox Television Studios.
From writers Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe ("Damages," "Nurse Jackie") and executive producer Emmy Award winner RJ Cutler ("Nashville," "September Issue"), Dirty pairs Lucy -- a successful financier who has fallen on hard times and is forced to live and work with her former housekeeper, Maize, in an unexpected and clever enterprise. The project is from Fox Television Studios.
Executive produced by Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz," "Copper") and Academy Award winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," "Wag The Dog," "Copper") and written by Susanna Styron ("Borgia," "Shadrach," "100 Centre Street"). As generations of women are being encouraged to 'lean in' in new and innovative ways, Headhunters examines their attempts to confront the ambiguity and conflicting choices that surround their lives today.