DirecTV has announced in a press release today that it has ordered its first original series, to premiere in summer 2013.
"Rogue", which was picked up for 10 episodes, stars Thandie Newton as a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.
“There’s an excitement in the hallways of DIRECTV as ROGUE will be the first original series on the Audience Network that will be built from the ground up with the specific goal to provide DIRECTV customers with a premium entertainment experience they can’t get anywhere else,” said Chris Long, senior vice president Entertainment and Production, DIRECTV in a statement. “The unique partnership that Patty Ishimoto, vice president and general manager of Audience Network, struck with eOne and Greenroom Entertainment and her relationship with Momentum Entertainment has helped realize that goal. Together they bring a wealth of expertise in the areas of production, global distribution, brand integration and sponsorship to our domestic distribution and marketing prowess.”
“ROGUE is a powerful drama which represents a new model for the entertainment industry by opening up maximum creative opportunities to assemble a stellar international cast led by Thandie Newton and topline writing and creative talent,” added Nick Hamm of Greenroom Entertainment, who will serve as a director and exec producer on the show. “Our launch of ROGUE in less than a year since I forged a partnership with Momentum Entertainment Group is a testament to the results-driven team behind this project. We are in the business of making premium contemporary dramas that have mass appeal. I’m thrilled to collaborate on ROGUE with such forward thinking partners as DIRECTV and eOne who see the potential of this new model to produce scripted television shows of the highest caliber.”
“eOne is thrilled to be collaborating with talented and creative executives like Nick and Matthew on ROGUE, the natural evolution of our excellent relationship with DIRECTV,” said Michael Rosenberg, executive vice president, U.S. Scripted for eOne Television. “Adding Thandie Newton to the mix confirms that we have all the right ingredients to make amazing television.”
Production is slated to begin in August.l]