DirecTV Commissions Original Drama
DirecTV’s Audience Network, which partnered with NBC to air “Friday Night Lights” and carries the “Dan Patrick Show,” has commissioned its first original scripted drama. The series, “Rogue,” is set to launch in the summer of 2013.
The ad-free Audience Network is available only to DirecTV’s approximately 20 million subscribers and has carried new episodes of FX’s “Damages” and brought hits from other countries to the U.S.
“Rogue” stars Thandie Newton, who was in “Crash” and “Mission Impossible 2,” and comes from Entertainment One Television and Greenroom Entertainment. The series focuses on “a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death.”
“Rogue” will also air on outlets in Canada. Entertainment One (eOne) will have global distribution rights.
The Audience Network launched in 2008 as the 101 Network. DirecTV posted slight subscriber growth in the U.S. in the most recent quarter, climbing 3% to 19.97 million.
The network is available to subscribers on various mobile devices via DirecTV Everywhere.