WEtv has canceled the legal drama “The Divide.” The show was the cable network’s first original drama series, but due to a lackluster viewer feedback, the series will no longer be returning for a second season. Read on for the details.
As reported on Deadline, “The Divide” ran on WEtv during the summer programming slate. It premiered last July 16, 2014 to low ratings at only 0.49 million viewers in its key demo (viewers between the ages of 18-49 years old). Its ratings continued to coast this number until the final episode. The show had a total of eight episodes, with actor Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) directing a few of these. Goldwyn is actually one of the show’s creators and executive producers, the other being Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”).
“We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WE tv’s first scripted series,” said WEtv in a statement published in the same Deadline report.
In creating “The Divide,” Goldwyn and LeGravenese actually already had a plan for what’s going to happen in the second season. Speaking before the Daily Beast, Goldwyn stated that while there would be a resolution to the story of the first season — the Butler case will become the jumping off point for Season 2.
“The Divide” starred Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Nia Long, Clarke Peters, Britne Oldford, Joe Anderson and Paul Schneider. It centered on the story of a case worker (Ireland) who worked to have a wrongly accused deathrow inmate released, even as she clashed with the district attorney (Gupton). Their opposing views provided a rich story of how the legal system operates in America. The series closed with a cliffhanger.
The show was first pitched to AMC, WEtv’s sister network, back in 2012, with Davind Manson as the showrunner. Manson eventually left to do “House of Cards” by the time “The Divide” was picked up on WE.
And that’s the scoop on the cancellation of “The Divide,” which ran for eight episodes on WEtv. Were you able to catch this series? Are you bummed that it’s no longer coming back?
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