The Sundance Channel has been featuring original programming from the more recent Iconoclasts to the veteran Anatomy of a Scene for more than a decade. However, it was only in 2010 that the Sundance Channel incorporated scripted programming into the network via Carlos. Slowly but surely, more scripted programming has become a staple on the network, and now the channel wants to spend more time focusing on drama projects. Five dramas are currently in development for the 2013-2014 season.
The only tie seemingly binding these projects is that they will all have a dramatic edge. Otherwise, the projects all feature very different plotlines and characters, producers and writers, and source material. Robert Redford, Sarah Condon, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi, and Ira Glass are all around producing one series or another—but we’ll have to wait and see whether Valentines, Behind the Sun, The Descendants, T, or Death in the Modern Age have an easier time of finding an audience.
Until then, fans of the Sundance Channel can get a taste of Sundance’s original programming via Restless, a miniseries on the network starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, Never Let Me Go’s Charlotte Rampling, and Captain America’s Hayley Atwell. Restless will air on December 7 and December 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Additionally, the Sundance channel has two other series slated for midseason, Rectify and Top of the Lake are set to appear. If none of that suits your fancy, you can check out more about the network’s upcoming fodder, below.
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