By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - WE tv took the plunge into scripted programming on Tuesday, greenlighting "The Divide" from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.
"The Divide" will follow a case worker with the Innocence Initiative who delves into the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family's murder.
She confronts a passionate district attorney whose view of justice is colored by shades of gray, and the pair's pasts resurface as they're faced with the question of one man's guilt or innocence intertwined with their own personal histories.
LaGravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "The Fisher King") and Goldwyn ("Conviction," "Justified," "Dexter") created and are executive producing the series, with LaGravenese writing and Goldwyn directing the pilot. "The Practice" alum John Tinker will also executive-produce and serve as showrunner. Andrew Sugerman ("Shopgirl") will also co-executive-produce the series, which is being produced by AMC Studios.
The 10-episode first season of "The Divide" will premiere next year.
WE tv also said Tuesday that it has put three additional scripted series into development.
The first, with the working title "All American Woman," is being executive-produced by Chris and Paul Weitz ("About a Boy"); it wills follow three women of different eras whose stories unfold against the common backdrop of "All American Woman" magazine.
A second series, "Dirty," is being written by Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe ("Damages," "Nurse Jackie") and executive-produced by RJ Cutler. That series will follow a successful financier who falls on hard times and is forced to live and work with her former housekeeper.
Finally, "Headhunters," from executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, explores women's attempts "to confront the ambiguity and conflicting choices that surround their lives today" after generations of being encouraged to "lean in" in new and innovative ways.