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SundanceTV Developing Modern Rip Van Winkle Drama (Exclusive)

"Crack in the Sky" centers on a Don Draper-type who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012.

Deb Spera and Maria Grasso
Deb Spera and Maria Grasso

Sundance TV is combining Mad Men's Don Draper with Rip Van Winkle.

The cable network is developing Crack in the Sky, a drama about a Don Draper-type who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama hails from E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers, Where the Money Is), who will pen the script and exec produce alongside Deborah Spera (Army Wives, Criminal Minds) and Maria Grasso (Ricochet). The Sony Pictures Television drama will be produced by Marshall Persinger (Army Wives, Rectify) via Spera and Grasso's Sony Pictures Television-based One-Two Punch Productions.

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Spera and former Lifetime exec Grasso launched One-Two Punch Productions in 2011. The duo met shortly after Grasso started as head of scripted at Lifetime and read the pilot for the Spera-developed Army Wives. The duo previously developed NBC's Ricochet, a high-concept action-thriller about a professional hitman trapped in a coma and forced to serve as a guinea pig for a secret NSA program.

Sundance TV has been pushing further into original scripted dramas. The cable network's current roster includes the second season of Rectify and the recently renewed The Red Road as well as acquisition The Returned, upcoming mini The Honourable Woman and recently announced One Child.

Frye, Spera and Grasso are all repped by WME.

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