A Sundance Channel drama series just got an executive producer and showrunner.
Bridget Carpenter will work alongside writer/co-exec producer Aaron Guzikowski and exec producer Sarah Condon on “The Descendants.” The project received a straight-to-series six-episode order.
“The Descendants” is the network’s second wholly-owned original scripted series, after “Rectify.”
From a press release: “’The Descendants’ is a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the sheriff's wife, an unholy alliance is forged between the sheriff and a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved.”
Carpenter worked with Jason Katims on “Friday Night Lights” for its entire five-season run, and “Parenthood” for a couple of seasons.
Carpenter has also had plays produced by theaters all over America. She is currently writing the book for the Disney musical adaptation of “Freaky Friday.”
Carpenter is represented by CAA, Ira Schreck and David Berlin.
Guzikowski wrote the pilot script. He has a feature called “Prisoners” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo in production. Condon was previously Senior Vice President of Original Programming at HBO, and was an exec producer on HBO’s “Bored to Death.”