Coming after that:
— "Valentines" visits a high-powered New York attorney and his three attractive daughters in their luxury homes, tony social circles and stormy relationships.
— With producers including Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi, "Behind the Sun" is billed as a coming-of-age tale set in the surfer world of Malibu, Calif., where a teenage boy learns he has a rare allergy to the sun.
— "The Descendants" revolves around a sheriff policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians.
— "T'' tells the story of a transgender male who has recently undergone gender reassignment surgery and is beginning life as a man. It is produced by Ira Glass and Alisa Shipp ("This American Life").
— "Death in the Modern Age" tracks a down-on-his-luck suburbanite who fakes his own death so he can start life anew.
"We want to make shows that are smart, layered, morally ambiguous and complex," says Barnett, summing up her channel's scripted initiative. "I think we can tell stories of new worlds well on our channel. But we can also look at worlds you know, in a fresh way."
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier
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