"Teetering on the Line Between Good and Evil," is the review by Alessandra Stanley in today's New York Times.
“The Divide,” a legal drama that begins on Wednesday, is surprisingly good. But what’s most surprising is that it’s on WE, a cable channel best known for shows like “L.A. Hair” and “Marriage Boot Camp.”
Not that there is anything wrong with escapist reality shows aimed at women. But if HBO is the Stanford of cable networks, WE is closer to Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.
“The Divide” isn’t frilly or fun: It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project, the nonprofit organization that uses DNA testing to fight to reverse wrongful convictions — including many in death penalty cases.
It's scheduled to air on the WE cable channel at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT, tonight. Check your local listings.
"'The Divide' review: Strong drama explores justice system," is by David Wiegand for the San Francisco Chronicle.
If you're wary of shows with a political or sociological ax to grind, you should be, for the most part. That's because more often than not, credible characters and plots are pushed to the background in favor of advocacy.
I admit that's what I expected with WE's new series "The Divide," created by Richard LaGravenese ("Behind the Candelabra") and Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal"), premiering Wednesday night. Instead, what I found was an intelligently nuanced, character-driven legal thriller first, and an all-sides-represented discussion of possible defects in the justice system second.
Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland, "Revolutionary Road") works for an organization called the Innocence Initiative, a fictionalization of the very real Innocence Project. No one would want to see an innocent person executed, but it's personal for Christine because her own father is on death row for something she knows he didn't do and his appeals are all but exhausted.
"'The Divide' on WE tv smartly smudges race, class stereotypes,"by Mary McNamara at the Los Angeles Times.
In what is becoming something of a monthly ritual, yet another niche network is venturing in from the old film/documentary/reality fringe with a character-driven drama that executives hope will do what "Mad Men" did for AMC.
At least with "The Divide," which premieres Wednesday night on WE tv, there is no pretense. WE, which stands for Women's Entertainment, is owned by AMC Networks and it produced "The Divide."
"‘The Divide’ aims high with death-row drama," is the Boston Globe review by Matthew Gilbert.
One positive development on TV in the past 30 or so years has been the way shows zero in on the flaws of our justice system. Rather than telling blindly affirming stories to make us feel that justice is always served, Perry Mason-style, TV writers have really dug into the loopholes, courtroom slip-ups, and, most of all, the human error and manipulation.
Contemporary TV writers, if you haven’t guessed it after “The Wire,” “The Sopranos,” and “Breaking Bad,” don’t really want you to sleep at night.
WE tv’s “The Divide” is yet another series hoping to remind us that sometimes the guilty get off scot-free, while the wrong people wind up behind bars. And the stakes are even higher in miscarriages of justice when the death sentence is in play.
The Philadelphia Daily News posts, "'Scandal' star bridges 'The Divide'," by Ellen Gray.
Tony Goldwyn is probably used to being taken seriously.
The 54-year-old grandson of Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn isn't only an actor: He's long been a mover and shaker behind the scenes.
"'The Divide': TV Review," by Allison Keene at the Hollywood Reporter.
WE tv's first scripted series is an engrossing eight-episode legal drama that explores issues of race, politics, greed and justice.
The Divide, a legal drama created by Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra) and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), was originally developed by AMC in 2012. But when AMC held off on giving the green light to the series, it seemed like the perfect vehicle for sister network WE tv to get into the scripted arena. It was the right choice. In the wake of marquee series like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, the nuanced legal drama The Divide might have not have gotten a chance to prove itself. On WE tv, it has the opportunity to develop as that network's own marquee series, as WE tv re-brands from just offering content geared toward women.
Mother Jones features an extended interview with Goldwyn, ""Scandal" Star Tony Goldwyn's Latest Project: a Death Penalty Drama," by Patrick Caldwell.
Tony Goldwyn, whose family is a Hollywood institution, is probably best known for his portrayal of President (and adulterer-in-chief) Fitzgerald Grant, Kerry Washington's love interest on ABC's Scandal. Goldwyn's film career kicked off back in 1990, with his role as the villain in Ghost, and he's worked steadily ever since. (Notably, he was the lead voice in Disney's Tarzan.) He has also taken several turns behind the camera, directing on a handful of films and TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Dexter, and Justified. Now he's taken the helm of his first TV show, creating, along with his screenwriter friend Richard LaGravenese, The Divide, a new death penalty drama premiering on WE tv July 16. Set in Philly, the show centers on a contested capital case and the conflict between "Innocence Initiative" lawyer Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland) and District Attorney Adam Page (Damon Gupton). After the trailer, we'll chat with Goldwyn about race, moral hazard, and nailing the zeitgeist.