By: Maggie Loyal
Full episodes of THE DIVIDE, WE tv‘s first original scripted drama, will be available for a week-long preview before the special 2-hour premiere of the series on July 16th. The show will be accessible through WEtv.com, Roku streaming devices, and other streaming providers. It will also mark Ruko’s first ever TV series premiere. The previews will run from July 9 – July 15.
But the new legal thriller won’t be the first show to kick off in a non-standard format. AMC’s newest drama “Halt and Catch Fire” debuted on the network’s official Tumblr (amctv.tumblr.com). As the TV viewing landscape continues to shift, networks – traditional and digital – are scrambling to figure out the best ways to reach the widest audience, and it looks like online platforms might just prove to be that outlet.
From creators Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, “The Divide” follows Christine Rosa, an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, as she delves into the case of a death row inmate whom she believes was wrongly convicted of a young family’s heinous murder. The series stars Damon Gupton, Marin Ireland, and Nia Long. Clark Peters and Isaiah Page are also featured. The drama, scheduled for an 8-episode first season, was originally developed in 2012 for AMC, and though a pilot was ordered, the series was not picked up. John Tinker stepped in as showrunner after David Manson moved to Netflix’s original series “House of Cards.”
Take a peek at the series trailer: