‘The Divide’ Series Premiere Announced by WE tv

The Divide

The first original scripted drama from WE tv – The Divide – will debut with a special two-hour series premiere on July 16 before moving to its regular timeslot of 10 PM on July 23.

‘The Divide’ is a thought-provoking and suspenseful drama that explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland from ‘Homeland’ and ‘Boss’), an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative and Adam Page (Damon Gupton from ‘The Newsroom’), an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star.

Here is a more concise explanation for ‘The Divide’: Twelve years ago, the Butler family was attacked in their Philadelphia home and all but the youngest daughter were brutally murdered. The senseless deaths of this affluent African American family, seemingly at the hands of two white construction workers, Terry Kucik (Joe Anderson from ‘Across the Universe’ and ‘The River’) and Jared Bankowski (Chris Bauer from ‘True Blood’), threatened to ignite a racial firestorm in the City of Brotherly Love. Adam Page (Gupton), himself an affluent African American man and the city’s District Attorney as well as a political rising star, made a name for himself by securing convictions for both men, leading to the death penalty ruling for Bankowski. Now, Christine Rosa (Ireland), a caseworker with the Innocence Initiative, believes Bankowski was wrongly convicted of the heinous murders and struggles to stop his impending execution, while tirelessly working to exonerate Kucik. In her search for the truth, Christine uncovers evidence that puts her at odds with Adam who will do everything in his power to uphold the verdict and keep his reputation intact.

The cast of this eight-episode series includes Nia Long (‘House of Lies’ and ‘Third Watch’), Paul Schneider (‘Water for Elephants’ and ‘The Newsroom’) and Clarke Peters (‘The Wire’ and ‘Person of Interest’).

‘The Divide’ comes from Oscar-nominated writer Richard LaGravenese (‘Behind the Candelabra’) and actor Tony Goldwyn (‘Scandal’), who will direct the series premiere. They both also serve as executive producers along with John Tinker (‘The Practice’) as showrunner and Andrew Sugarman (‘Conviction’) as co-executive producer.

Again, ‘The Divide’ will air its two-hour series debut on WE tv on Wednesday, July 16 at 9/8c.