Miniseries stars Chloe Sevigny as contract killer

DirecTV, moving forward with a strategy to bring more originals to its Audience Network, has acquired the Chloe Sevigny starrer “Hit and Miss.”

Produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises, AbbottVision and Red, the six-episode miniseries was written by Sean Conway and has strong U.K. roots. Production began in England over the summer and is set to be completed in late November.

Show will first air in the U.K. on Sky Atlantic in January and then begin its DirecTV run a month later.

“Hit and Miss” stars Sevigny as a contract killer with a secret: She’s a pre-op transsexual who is forced to become a guardian to a new family that is now part of her life.

The acquisition is another in which DirecTV has picked up shows produced in foreign countries. Except for U.S.-based and Sony Television-produced “Damages,” DirecTV originals that have originated outside the States include Canadian entries “Call Me Fitz” and “Less Than Kind” and Oz skeins “Rake” and “Underbelly.”

Chris Long, senior VP of entertainment and production, said the plan going forward at DirecTV is to offer two or three series a year, a manageable number that will help establish the satcaster as a destination for edgy original content. The pickup of shows canceled by U.S. networks — previous offerings include the recently concluded “Friday Night Lights” and “Damages” — hasn’t been completely dismissed but is no longer a priority.

“We want to be like AMC, where they didn’t go straight from one original show to 15,” Long told Variety. “They had nice pacing.”

DirecTV, which has a 20 million-subscriber base, doesn’t have the marketing dollars of many networks also offering original programming, nor can it afford to commission its own shows.

Paul Abbott, Nicola Shindler and Huw Kennair-Jones are exec producing “Hit and Miss.” Hettie Macdonald directed the pilot.

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