TV Junkie: The Re-Launch of the Sundance Channel
Yesterday we went to the Sundance Channel reveal where the network announced that they were committing to a relaunch of their brand and programming with a slate of ambitious new shows over the next couple of years. Networks like Bravo, Style, E!, TLC, etc. that are producing shows about fashion, design, and the arts are going to feel quite a bit of competition from Sundance who already have tasted success with "Man Shops Globe", "The Day Before", "Iconoclasts", and "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...". New series will include "Full Frontal Fashion", "Design Intervention", "Fashion Icons", and at least five more tastemaker programs.Where the Sundance Channel is really breaking out is with an impressive list of scripted programming beginning with the airing of "Carlos" this fall. "Carlos" is a miniseries based on the life of international terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and it will star Edgar Ramirez of Che and Domino. Sundance has at least 5 other scripted programs in the works which is an ambitious undertaking. With many basic cable networks creating shows that are both popular as well as critically acclaimed, Sundance seems to be stating that it's a wide open market.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Sundance Channel, Sarah Barnett, told us that "We have a lot of incredibly talented people who are drawn to our brand and what it stands for. Our scripted strategy at Sundance Channel is to tell these original stories while utilizing these great talents in front of and behind the camera - we want to support what they want to do."
We're very excited that our friend Greg Proops is on the "Chelsea Lately" panel tonight (11pm on E!)! He always kicks butt!
The TV Junkie Plan: "Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.", "Modern Family", "Cougar Town", "Nip/Tuck", "Chelsea Lately" (Greg Proops!), Letterman (Jessica Biel), Fallon (Dick Cavett)