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WE tv Gives Scripted Drama ‘South of Hell’ a Series Order

Eli Roth will direct first episode of supernatural thriller

WE tv is traveling “South of Hell” for its latest scripted offering.

The network has given a series order to the scripted drama “South of Hell,” described as a “gripping supernatural drama” about a demon hunter whose power stems from within.

Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Hemlock Grove”) will direct the first episode of the series, which has received an order for eight hour-long episodes.

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“South of Hell,” from Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television, is expected to premiere next year. James Manos, Jr., of “Dexter,” “The Shield” and “The Sopranos” renown, will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Stein and Roth will also executive produce.

The series follows in the footsteps of WE’s maiden scripted drama “The Divide,” which premieres July 16. That drama stars Marin Ireland as an impassioned caseworker with the Innocence Initiative and Damon Gupton as an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star.

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“I’m thrilled to be a part of ‘South of Hell,'” Roth said. “Exorcism and possession stories have always fascinated me, and [writer] Matt Lambert has created an incredibly rich, original world in which to tell many stories of good, evil and everyone’s own personal inner demons. I’m also honored to be working with Jim and Jason, both of whom I greatly admire. We want to create something smart and spectacular, and we are excited to be at the forefront of WE tv’s new scripted series initiative.”

Added WE tv president Marc Juris, “As WE tv moves firmly into scripted programming, we are committed to presenting distinctive and engaging stories to today’s savvy TV audience. That is certainly the case with ‘South of Hell,’ a dramatic thriller that introduces viewers to an unforgettable character, supernatural themes and the battle between good and evil.”

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