Sundance Channel will jump into the scripted series arena in 2012,
having greenlit its first wholly-owned scripted series, Rectify.
The six-episode series, which follows the life of former death row prisoner Daniel Holden's release from jail after DNA evidence proves his innocence, was written by Ray McKinnon (The Accountant) and executively produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad), according to network officials.
"An intense character driven drama, Rectify explores themes of justice, redemption and freedom, all set against the backdrop of a wrongful conviction," says Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel General Manager in a statement. "Sundance has always been about creating opportunity for just this kind of distinctive storytelling. We're so excited to collaborate with Gran Via, and to bring to life on our network Ray McKinnon's singular vision for the world of Rectify."
While Rectify is Sundance Channel's first originally-produced scripted series, it did air the acquired and Emmy-nominated original series Carlos. The network will also air in December the original scripted mini-series Appropriate Adult.