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Sundance updates ‘Tanner’

Three-part series to premiere in October

HOLLYWOOD — Sundance Channel is resurrecting Jack Tanner just in time for the November presidential election.

Cabler has teamed with “Tanner ’88” creators Garry Trudeau and Robert Altman on a sequel to the original 1988 HBO mini about faux presidential candidate Tanner.

Altman and Trudeau are onboard to exec produce, with Cynthia Nixon, Michael Murphy and Pamela Reed set to reprise their roles in the new skein. Matt Malloy co-stars.

Production on the three-part series will begin in June for a premiere in October.

“As Democrats and Republicans fight to the wire in their bid for the presidency, this series is more relevant than ever,” president-CEO of Sundance Channel Larry Aidem said.

Sundance aired the 11-episode original “Tanner ’88,” written by Trudeau and directed by Altman, in February. Blending fact and fiction, “Tanner” followed the fictitious Democratic presidential candidate as he waded through the actual events of the 1988 election.

Sequel will focus on Tanner’s daughter Alex (Nixon), a documentarian trying to fund a film about the ups and downs of running for political office. Alex will interact with present and past real-life candidates.

Matthew Seig and Wren Arthur will produce. Sundance senior VP of on-air and original programming Adam Pincus will exec produce.

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