WE tv will debut its first original scripted drama The Divide with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday July 16 at 9 PM. The series will then move to its regular 10 PM timeslot beginning Wednesday, July 23. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), the eight-episode series explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton) an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star. AMC Studios is producing.
WEtv has dropped a trailer for its first original scripted drama The Divide. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), The Divide explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa played by Marin Ireland (Homeland, Boss, Side Effects), an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page played by Damon Gupton (The Newsroom, Prime Suspect), an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star. The eight-episode series, produced by AMC Studios, premieres in July. Have a look:
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of a breakout first season, WE tv‘s summer series Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas has been picked up for a 10-episode second season to premiere in early 2014. Production begins in the fall. “This has been a strong summer for WE tv, with solid ratings growth largely driven by Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas, which has really resonated with viewers,” said Kim Martin, president and general manager of WE tv. Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas showed steady growth through its freshman season. Its season finale last Friday night delivered 837,000 total viewers, up 46% from the series premiere, 395,000 women 18-49 and 340,000 women 25-54. Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas made WE tv the No. 1 women’s network on Friday nights among women 18-49 and women 18-34 and helped the net deliver its best-ever second quarter in primetime.
WEtv has ordered six one-hour episodes of the unscripted SWV – Sisters With Voices, which will profile the R&B trio’s make-it-or-break-it comeback. It’s set to premiere in early 2014. Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” Johnson were at the top of the music charts after a string of hits in the 1990s, but in-fighting and drama lead to their demise. After a 15-year separation the trio reunited in an attempt to recapture their fame. The series will follow SWV as they write new music, tour and finally face the issues that ended their friendship and their careers once before. Sisters With Voices is produced by Entertainment One Television and executive produced by Tara Long, John Morayniss, Jeff Hervert, Howie Miller and Jennifer Long. Kate Farrell serves as executive producer for WEtv.
WE tv has renewed its popular docu-series Tamar & Vince for a second season and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? for a fourth season. The 10-episode Season 2 of Tamar & Vince, which will feature the recent birth of the couple’s baby boy, will premiere September 5; while the eight-episode Season 4 of Joan & Melissa, which will chronicle Joan Rivers’ recent 80th birthday celebrations, will kick off in early 2014.
WE TV Eyes Expansion Into Scripted Programming With Series Order To AMC’s LaGravenese/Goldwyn Drama Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: AMC Networks‘ female-focused WEtv is looking to follow in the footsteps of siblings AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel by moving into original scripted series. I hear WE is getting help in its plans from AMC, whose untitled Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn drama project is eyed to become WE’s first scripted series. (The cable network also is exploring other scripted ideas.) I hear WE is considering a nine-episode order to the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project, originally ordered as a pilot by AMC last year. It is a legal thriller centered on a district attorney (Damon Gupton) who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. It explores race, capital punishment, personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of gray found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. I hear the potential series order is contingent on finding a showrunner as David Manson, who ran the pilot at AMC, has since moved to Netflix’s House Of Cards as executive producer. LaGravenese wrote and Goldwyn directed the pilot, which the two executive produced, with Andrew Sugarman serving as a co-executive producer. Marin Ireland, Clarke Peters and Aunjanue Ellis co-star in the pilot, which didn’t get a series pickup in December alongside Low Winter Sun but was left in contention. WE, which like AMC started off airing commercial-free movies, currently has its scheduled dominated by unscripted series, led by flagship …
WE tv has ordered six hourlong episodes of House Of Curves, which will premiere June 13 and feature Atlanta designer Kenyatta Jones and her plus-sized fashion business. The series follows Jones, CEO of Bella René, who has designed her dream wardrobe for plus-sized women with the help of her two best friends from college, an assistant with an attitude, and her mother who is also her main investor. The unscripted original series joins the network’s summer slate that includes new shows Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas, Pregnant & Dating and Sanya’s Glam & Gold and returning series Bridezillas, L.A. Hair and Kendra On Top. Pie Town Productions is producing, with executive producers Tara Sandler, Jennifer Davidson, Scott Templeton and Jennifer Lane for Pie Town and Lauren Gellert and Kate Farrell for WEtv.
WE tv has greenlit an eight-episode, one-hour unscripted series starring sisters and musicians Erica and Tina Campbell of the three-time Grammy award winning Gospel duo, Mary Mary. The series, tentatively titled Mary Mary, will follow the sisters as they balance busy careers and growing families. It will debut on March 29, 2012 and air on Thursday nights, a new night targeting urban audiences.
Beverly Hills, Calif. and New York, NY, October 7, 2011–Netflix Inc. and AMC Networks Inc. have reached a multi-year licensing agreement that will make prior seasons of AMC’s critically-acclaimed original series, The Walking Dead, available exclusively to Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada. Season 1 of The Walking Dead will be available today. Additional seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as certain future AMC and Sundance Channel programming, will be streaming instantly to Netflix members just prior to the premiere of subsequent seasons.
Netflix has also licensed non-exclusive rights in the U.S. to select scripted and unscripted shows, which will also be made available just before the following season debut. This includes programming from across the AMC Networks portfolio of AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. Specific series include IFC’s Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; WE tv’s Braxton Family Values, My Fair Wedding, and Bridezillas; and Sundance Channel’s All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.
“Netflix is already the streaming home of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” in the US and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are delighted to be in business directly with AMC Networks. AMC’s programming sensibilities have struck a chord with our members and with the overall viewing public.”
AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan commented, “This agreement supports the cable ‘ecosystem’ by making our
Although analysts have high hopes for AMC Networks, the company is having a bumpy start on its first day as a public company. Shares in the owner of AMC, IFC, and We TV are selling for about $40 apiece, 8% lower than the market expected based on “when issued” trades for the company that Cablevision Systems spun off. That followed a report this morning from Barclays recommending that investors “underweight” the stock, which it targets at $32 a share. Also Maxim Group’s John Tinker downgraded AMC to “hold” from “buy.” The current trading price is too high for him although he says that AMC “is a terrific company.” He adds that he differs with other analysts who see AMC as ripe for a takeover. The fact that Cablevision’s Dolan family controls 71% of the voting shares means “this is unlikely,” Tinker says.
In conjunction with the spin-off, AMC said this morning that it completed its financing for $2.43 billion in debt. On its own, AMC “has the opportunity to further showcase each of its programming services and provide value to investors, distributors and advertisers,” CEO Josh Sapan said.
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
As the first session on the TCA agenda Friday morning in Pasadena, Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa were a little grumpy appearing before the assembled critics to promote their new WEtv reality series “Joan Knows Best.” Or maybe that was just a calculated conceit designed to play into the vibe of their show, which finds the ladies bickering incessantly when Joan decides to move to California and move in with her daughter.
“Oh no, it was all real,” Joan insisted. “I think when you get a reality show that gets the reality, there’s nothing like it. And that’s what we had. You can’t stage true reality.”
Perhaps that’s unfortunate. Certainly, the Rivers ladies could agree on little Friday morning, except for the fact that their red carpet hosting days are over and that it’s for the best.
“It’s gotten too controlled,” Melissa insisted. “There are a few sort of paradigm shifts that would change it significantly, but unfortunately it would be such an expensive undertaking, and E! is doing fine with Ryan (Seacrest)] and Julianne (Hough).
“It’s not fun,” Joan agreed. “Five years ago, you could say ‘Julia Roberts, I hate your dress’ and she’d laugh. But now these publicists will kill you and say, ‘You won’t get the next six people!’.”
But that’s pretty much where the harmony ends with the Rivers gals. For instance, on Friday, there was the subject of Joan’s grotesque …
AT&T and Rainbow Media just announced they have reached an new carriage agreement for Rainbow’s AMC, IFC and WEtv on AT&T U-verse 16 hours after their most recent extension expired and 10 days before the fourth season premiere of Mad Men on AMC. Here is AT&T’s statement:
We’re very satisfied that we were able to reach the fair deal we wanted for our customers — one that includes the right content, across platforms, at prices that are in line with the marketplace, and that helps us with important strategic content initiatives.
Rainbow Media’s statement might shed light on a key issue in the two sides’ negotiations as it mentions the company’s Sundance Channel as a fourth channel alongside AMC, IFC and WEtv that is covered by the new agreement.
We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with AT&T for AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel that truly recognizes the value of our networks.
AT&T had complained that Rainbow “had been trying to force the renegotiation of a contract for one of their other channels that is not yet expired,” something that AT&T initially resisted.
PREVIOUS 9AM: The midnight deadline came and went, but Rainbow Media’s AMC, IFC and WEtv stayed on AT&T U-verse systems as the two sides continue to negotiate a new carriage agreement. The two companies also went in silent mode as they try to hammer a new deal for some 2.3 million U-verse subscribers. Meanwhile, one of those …
If you are an AT&T U-Verse subscriber, you may lose AMC, IFC and WE tv programming at midnight tonight. Hours before the extension between Cablevision-owned Rainbow Media and AT&T is set to expire, the two sides still appear at impasse, issuing dueling statements.
“Our executives have been at AT&T U-Verse offices for several weeks, doing everything possible to reach an agreement that will keep AMC’s Mad Men, and other programming from AMC, WE tv and IFC available to their customers,” Rainbow Media said. “We have agreements with every other television provider in the country and have never had our networks dropped in more than 25 years.”
AT&T was more specific in addressing the sticking issue, a rates hike pursued by Rainbow Media, and repeatedly stressed that Rainbow is owned by AT&T competitor Cablevision. “We are making every effort to reach a fair agreement and continue providing these channels to our customers. It’s unfortunate that Rainbow Media, owned by Cablevision, is clearly not negotiating in good faith, is trying to charge significantly more than the average of what our TV competitors pay for these channels, and is acting in a way that harms competition and limits consumer choice,” AT&T said. The company added they’ve made “numerous proposals.” “However, Cablevision’s Rainbow Media has rejected each of them, instead making unreasonable proposals that give it an unfair competitive advantage,” AT&T said.
As part of its campaign, AT&T has launched a Web site, Fighting4you, an often-employed tool by …