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Syfy Network to Develop ‘51st State’ with Executive Producer Peter Chernin

51st State

The Syfy network is adding a futuristic prison drama to its slate of programs in development, a report said.

The network is teaming with Craig Borten, Peter Chernin and Fox Television Group’s cable division Fox 21 for 51st State, TVWise said.

51st State is set in the United States at a time when the country is confronted by a prison population stretched to the limit. To remedy the situation the U.S. purchases Greenland and converts it into a frontier prison colony. Promised conditional freedom, the inmates are driven to the edge of their humanity when that promise, along with others, is broken. Struggling to seize control and exact revenge, reluctant heroes emerge, the website said.

Craig Borten will write the pilot for the series, which is set up at the recently renamed Fox 21 Television Studios. In addition to writing, Borten will also serve as an executive producer alongside Terra Nova‘s Peter Chernin and New Girl’s Katherine Pope, TVWise said.

The project is the latest pitch that Syfy has taken in as part of their concerted push back into scripted drama, the website said.

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