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Launched in 1996 in the midst of the independent film boom, Sundance Channel was born from a partnership between Robert Redford and Showtime, though these days it's owned by AMC Networks and is a sister channel to former rival IFC. Both still air movies, but have forged distinct identities, especially regarding their entries into original programming. Sundance Channel's first scripted limited series was Olivier Assayas's Golden Globe-winning "Carlos" in 2009. The channel made an even bigger push into original scripted programming earlier this year with Jane Campion's miniseries "Top of the Lake" and its first continuing scripted series, "Rectify," both of which earned plaudits from critics. Coming in 2014 are a second season of "Rectify"; a second original drama, "The Red Road"; and a new limited series starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, "An Honourable Woman." On Tuesday, Sundance Channel announced it would air "The Returned" -- an eight-part French zombie drama -- beginning on. »

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