AMC and its Sundance Channel sibling continue to make in-roads into original series programming, announcing five new series from major names including Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi, and Stanley Tucci.
"We use the word 'daring' when we talk about what we're looking for," Sundance GM and exec vp Sarah Barnett told The Hollywood Reporter regarding the new series. "It harkens back to the best of what you think of in independent storytelling that's inspired by the sort of stories that our sister network AMC has been telling over the past few years."
Here's a rundown of what the network unveiled:
- "Valentines" - based on the novel by Olaf Olafsson, the series revolves around high powered New York attorney Herman Peterson and his three daughters, and will touch on "candid moments between lovers when unspoken truths and long-buried secrets surge and things change in an instant."
- "Behind the Sun" - From producers Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur, this 1980s period drama focuses on the growing pains of a Malibu family whose lives unravel when their teen son discovers he has a rare allergy to the sun.
- "The Descendants" - Evidently not based on the George Clooney/Alexander Payne award winner, this series comes from "Bored To Death" producer Sarah Condon, and centers on a sheriff juggling his family life with his policing duties of two clashing communities: his small hometown and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains.
- "T" - Perhaps the most intriguing of the new series announcements, "T" will focus on main character Terrence, a post-operation transgendered male. The script is written by "In Treatment"'s Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman, and will reportedly cut between Terrence's new life in the present and his pre-op past as Thora, female student activist and college student.
- "Death in the Modern Age" involves a suburban everyman who decides reinvent himself by plotting his own fake death in an effort to embark on a new life. Writers Josh Shaffer and Eli Kooris will look at the difficulties the man encounters in the age of DNA testing and 'the grid'.
The new regular series join eagerly anticipated mini-series such as "Top of the Lake" from director Jane Campion and "Restless," a spy-thriller mini featuring veteran actor Michael Gambon. Viewers should see each of the series roll out some time in 2013, with casting news sure to come sooner than that.