Pivot will introduce its first scripted drama with a two-hour special.
Fortitude is set to bow on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. (ET). The 12-episode drama, starring Stanley Tucci, Richard Dormer (pictured) and Michael Gambon, will regularly air in the 10 p.m. window on Thursdays, followed by encores Fridays in the same hour.
Set in the melting Arctic, the drama tells the story of the small idyllic town of Fortitude, whose peaceful existence is shattered after a brutal and shocking murder. Above-average temperatures lead to a record ice melt revealing secrets long since hidden beneath the frozen landscape. Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) leads the investigation and is forced to work alongside DCI Morton (Stanley Tucci), a detective who has flown into town from the mainland to contribute his forensic expertise. As the search for the killer progresses, their list of suspects – and suspicions of each other – grows.
“For our first foray into scripted drama, we wanted to find a world that is intriguing and distinctive, and one that can highlight issues in an unexpected way,” said Belisa Balaban, executive vice president of programming. “Fortitude spins a dramatic thriller around the unique characters who are drawn to this Arctic community, and a complex story around the potential unintended consequences of man's impact on the environment.”
Fortitude is a Sky/Pivot Original Series, with international distribution handled by Sky Vision. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Simon Donald. Jeff Skoll and Holly Hines serve as executive producers for Pivot. Patrick Spence and Frith Tiplady serve as executive producers for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect. Anne Mensah and Cameron Roach serve as executive producers for Sky Atlantic.
Separately, Pivot said it has completed a rollout onto all of RCN's pay-TV systems. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Pivot launched in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Washington, D.C., markets to complete the addition to RCN subscribers as part of RCN’s Digital Cable TV Premiere Movies & Entertainment Tier.