DirecTV has become the latest entertainment outlet to offer original scripted programming, announcing today that it has ordered 10 episodes of its first-ever original series Rogue, starring Thandie Newton (Crash).
According to a press release, the suspense-drama “revolves around a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.” The series, created by Matthew Parkhill and exec produced by Nick Hamm, Steven Marrs, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg, will debut in summer 2013.
DirecTV’s first foray into original programming is just one in a recent trend of non-traditional media companies commissioning original content. Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu are diving into first-run scripted content, as are E! and Yahoo!.