A House Divided: Urban movie channel expands scripted slate with multigenerational family saga
PRNewswire | 4/28/2019, noon
The Urban Movie Channel is the first and largest subscription streaming service dedicated to Black film and television from AMC Networks’ privately owned subsidiary, RLJ Entertainment. UMC displays original series, feature films, documentaries, stage plays and other popular Black entertainment with new and exclusive content added every week.
On March 28, the streaming service announced a new series, A House Divided, a multigenerational family drama from Dan Garcia, the creator of UMC’s officially Daytime Emmy-nominated series Bronx SIU.
The drama follows the direct descendants of Letty Sanders, an enslaved woman, who after arriving in Los Angeles in 1821, grew to become the wealthiest Black woman in the newly formed city. Centering on the present-day members of the highly esteemed Sanders family, Cameran Sanders has raised his three children in opulent wealth.
After the sudden passing of his wife amidst a brewing government investigation into the business dealings of the family-owned bank, a new woman emerges from the shadows determined to be the next Cameran. As secrets are uncovered and scandals emerge, the Sanders family will be forced to band together for the sake of their survival or risk the ultimate demise of their long-standing legacy.
“We are very excited to create this new project in collaboration with the UMC team,” said show creator Dan Garcia. “I set out to create an alluring, multifaceted drama with the story of the Sanders family, and despite their many flaws, tragic losses and setbacks … there is still a special bond that holds them together. That connection, I believe, is what makes this story so compelling.”
Currently in the beginning stages of production, the new series will star Demetria McKinney (Freeform’s Motherland, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne), Paula Jai Parker (Ray Donovan, True Blood), Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (The Jacksons: An American Dream), Brad James (Syfy’s Superstition, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse), David McKnight (Hollywood Shuffle), Taja V. Simpson (FOX’s Lethal Weapon) and Art Evans (Die Hard 2, Fright Night). The series is slated for a summer premiere.
“A thrilling tale of scandal and secrecy paired with core values of love, loyalty and family unity, A House Divided brings a mixture of excitement and intrigue that is sure to make for an exceptionally addictive drama,” said Nikki Love, vice president of development and production for UMC. “We are excited to be working with Dan Garcia again on another project that we hope audiences will fall in love with while holding on to the edge of their seats.”
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