Counting down the best TV of the year, The A.V. Club’s Scott Von Doviak, Carrie Raisler and Genevieve Valentine singled out Sundance Channel for “three boundary-pushing series.”
Article: Lisa Bonet joins THE RED ROAD
Sundance Channel announced today that actress Lisa Bonet will guest star in a multi-episode arc in the network’s new scripted drama THE RED ROAD, slated to premiere in early 2014. Bonet plays the role of Sky Van Der Veen, a Lenape Native American lawyer who has come back to her hometown of Walpole, NJ to rally for justice after a terrible crime has been committed against a member of her tribe.
Viewers can still get hooked on the engrossing, stylish eight-part French horror series that Entertainment Weekly gave an “A-” and called “eerie, tense, and highly addictive.” Beginning Sunday December 1st, each week, viewers will have the chance to catch-up on all previously aired episodes during marathons of THE RETURNED in anticipation of each week’s brand new episode on Sundance Channel.
In advance of the upcoming Golden Globe® and guild nominations, Sundance Channel will give the awards community a thought provoking “For Your Consideration” campaign that explores some of the risk-taking questions raised by the network’s first original scripted series, RECTIFY.
Okay. So I have a theory about this show – and it’s Biblical… In the Bible there is a passage Matthew 12:38-42: "…At judgment time, the citizens of Ninevah will come back to life along with this generation … At judgment time, the queen of the south will be brought back to life along with this generation …"
This week is Simon’s story –the hottie who was searching for Adele (who apparently is now married with a kid and having a nervous breakdown – as you would, I suspect, if you were in that situation). And I have even more questions now than I did last week.
Article: Bring That Moment
It’s Graduation! Or at least the run-up to it. I watched this episode with mixed emotions. I was frustrated that Kyle and Tyla weren’t there – especially when Kyle admitted he wished he’d stayed.
Article: Another One Bites the Dust
Watching this episode was the most frustrating, sad experience for me. Right from the start is bad news: Kyle’s dad confirms he won’t be coming back – and the attention shifts to Tylai.
Tylai’s case is maddening to me. Throughout the episode (and previous ones) you pick up certain clues: she’s 17. She’s about to have a baby, she’s been couch surfing at friend’s houses, her mom lets her do what she wants, she has anger issues… Okay. Fine. But she also used to be a straight A student. She used to be a cheerleader. She used to love school. So what went wrong?
Oh my god. So obsessed with this creepy zombie mountain town show. (and secretly relieved that not all zombies are falling apart and have blood lust). But the show raises more questions than anything… It’s like when you are watching a horror movie and you are screaming at the screen, “NO DON’T GO IN THAT DILAPIDATED HOUSE!” or “RUN YOU SILLY FOOL, HE’S GOT AN AXE!” This show is more subtle than that, but still.
Article: Sundance Channel remembers Lou Reed
In honor of legendary musician Lou Reed who passed away earlier this week, Sundance Channel will re-broadcast the episode of the interview series SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH.. featuring the rock icon and Velvet Underground founder, on Saturday, November 2 at 7pm.
Sundance Channel announced today that it would be the first ever TV channel to use innovative ADVNTR technology to stage an interactive digital storytelling ad campaign. Entitled “Choose Your Own Adventure”, users will interact with an online pre-roll ad and select various scenarios to play out based on their preference. The promotion is pegged to the premiere of the network’s new drama THE RETURNED which will premiere on Halloween, October 31st at 9:00PM ET/PT.
Sundance Channel takes a deep look at the worldwide fascination with beauty in the second of four all-new specials hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: FACE VALUE, airing Wednesday, December 4th at 9 pm ET/PT. Continuing his hard hitting investigation into the world of glamour, Zee uncovers both the allure and danger of the obsession with looking good. Through compelling social experiments and in-depth interviews with beauty industry insiders, Zee dives into the beauty industry and how it has exploded in recent years.
Article: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
It was a hell of a week on Dream School. When this whole project started, I wondered if all the kids would stick with it – or what would happen if things hit the skids. And this week, we found out. Kyle opted to leave in the most infuriating, sad way – walking out because he didn’t want to deal with his self-admitted anger management issue. But what killed me was his Dad let him. The dad – a former Marine – is so wracked with guilt over the issues Kyle and his brother Sean have due to their parents’ divorce, he kowtows to Kyle… when what Kyle really needs is a good kick in the pants. Or an actual Marine.
Article: An Ode to Mary
After watching this episode, I felt like I just needed to take a hot second and love on Mary. While I like all the kids, Mary I love.
For the past three episodes we’ve seen someone like Kyle – who got kicked out of several schools, the last of which for punching a principal – give up at the drop of a hat. In this episode he comes to school hungover and admits to smoking something, which I suspect is weed. He fools around in class, doesn’t pay attention, and then blows up if anyone objects. As the head teacher, Scott, notes: Kyle is his own problem.
Article: The Power of Failure
This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.
A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”
In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.
They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.
When I first heard about DREAM SCHOOL – I’m not going to lie – I was skeptical. I might have even rolled my eyes. I mean, high school dropouts being taught by celebrities? “What will be taught – and who will be the teachers?” I wondered. Would Britney Spears teach an auto-tune music class? Would Professor Kim Kardashian teach elocution or videography? Or would Miley Cyrus hold court on sex education? My mind boggled.
Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama THE RETURNED from Music Box Films. The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.
The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “THE RETURNED…is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.”
New York, NY – August 27, 2013 –Sundance Channel takes a fresh look at the fashion industry in four all-new specials featuring ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, beginning with REVEALING: EXTRAVAGANCE, airing Friday, September 20th at 10 pm ET/PT. In the first installment, Zee examines how an obsession with luxury has become an addiction for modern society. Through a compelling and in-depth investigation of a real life Bling Ring, a gang of high-end thieves (‘The Rainbow Girls’), insider interviews and consumer experiments, Zee uncovers what our fixation with luxury brands means.
Accessorized with commentary from a high-end list of fashion contributors including: model, actress and entrepreneur Iman; fashion designers Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez and Carolina Herrera; Editorial Director of nymag.com’s The Cut Stella Bugbee; models Kiara Kabukuru, China Machado and Andrej Pejic; historians David Eisenbach and Valerie Steele; psychologist April Benson; and luxury market expert Pamela Danziger, the first hour-long special stages three amusing yet revealing social experiments that place subjects at the mercy of luxury items and exposes their impact both physically and emotionally.
Sundance Channel announced today an impressive list of innovators and leaders from a cross section of professions including music, politics, film, science, journalism and more who will come together to create a DREAM SCHOOL for 15 troubled students in the network’s new six-part unscripted series premiering on October 7 at 10:00pm et/pt.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, these instructors will have one mission – to excite young minds and reignite their students’ desire to learn. An ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids who have been falling through the cracks, DREAM SCHOOL is designed to motivate troubled teenagers to turn their lives around. Pregnant, neglected, bullies or bullied; the kids all have one thing in common — they are dropouts. Now Sundance Channel is giving them a once in a lifetime chance to start over, but overcoming past failures and future obstacles will prove to be no easy task for both the students and their instructors.
Article: Lying Game Star Joins THE RED ROAD
Sundance Channel announced today that Golden Globe® nominee and critically acclaimed actor TOM SIZEMORE (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat) has been cast in the network’s next original scripted series, THE RED ROAD.
Tom Sizemore plays JACK KOPUS, a terrifying and unpredictable drug dealer and the father of Native American ex-con Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa). Phillip (Momoa) returns home to run Jack’s (Sizemore) small-town drug ring in the mountains of northern New Jersey.
THE RED ROAD is a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife, an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (Momoa), a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved.
Cameras start rolling this week for eighteen weeks on Sundance Channel’s upcoming fast paced, labyrinthine thriller written and directed by BAFTA® winner Hugo Blick, THE HONOURABLE WOMAN. A stellar international cast join Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing the titular role (Nessa Stein) in the eight part mini-series. The production will shoot throughout the UK and Morocco.
Sundance Channel announced today that award winning director James Gray (“The Immigrant,” “Two Lovers,” “We Own The Night”) will direct the first episode of the network’s next original scripted series The Red Road (formally The Descendants). Today’s news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Jason Momoa (“Wolves,” Game of Thrones) was cast in a lead role in the series.
On the heels of receiving a record 10 Prime Time Emmy® nominations for its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS, Sundance Channel is offering viewers an opportunity to enjoy back-to-back episodes of both critically-acclaimed series. The seven-part, TOP OF THE LAKE marathon will air on July 28th from 1pm -8pm ET/PT, and the two-part RESTLESS marathon will begin with the first two-hour installment airing July 31st at 8pm ET/PT, followed immediately by part two beginning at 10:00pm ET/PT.
Sundance Channel announced today that Jason Momoa (Wolves, Game of Thrones) has been cast in a lead role in the network’s next original scripted series THE RED ROAD (formerly THE DESCENDANTS). Today’s news comes on the heels of Emmy® announcements in which Sundance Channel received a record ten PrimeTime Emmy® nominations for its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS.