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Sundance Channel Jumps into Scripted Programming

According to Variety the Sundance Channel has given a six episode order to ‘Rectify’ a drama series from ‘Breaking Bad’ producer Mark Johnson. The series was originally developed for AMC, Sundance’s sister network. Sundance had an interest in the series since it first arrived three-years ago at AMC.

The announcement was made by Sundance Channel’s general manager, Sarah Barnett. “It’s [the success of ‘Carlos’] made us realize that there’s great opportunity for the Sundance brand to distinguish itself in the arena of scripted storytelling. It makes great sense to us,” Barnett told Variety.

"Rectify" centers around a man who has recently been released from a Death Row prison sentence in Georgia after being exonerated for rape and murder by DNA evidence. He returns to his hometown but struggles to rebuild his life when he realizes that some people still think he’s guilty.

Barnett said Sundance would look for more scripted material on a project by project basis. “There’s so much interesting work being done in the scripted arena in TV we felt that Sundance Channel should be a part of that work,” she said.