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Sundance Channel announced a lineup of new programs at a New York upfront breakfast this morning, including an aggressive slate of original miniseries and series.

Sarah Barnett, who recently was named evp and general manager of the service, which now shares ownership with similar service IFC within Cablevision’s Rainbow Media, unveiled the network’s first originally scripted mini-series at the breakfast, along with a handful of new series.

Carlos, a three-part mini-series premiering this fall, concerns the story behind Carlos the Jackal, one of the first well-known international terrorists. Barnett characterized the mini-series as shedding a lot of light on today’s fear-riddled world by examining modern terrorism in its more nascent state in the 1970s. The series stars Edgar Ramirez (Che).

Barnett also presented a new original series that will debut in August, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, a non-fiction show that examines the relationships between four sets of women whose best friends are gay men.

An online series starring actress Isabella Rossellini called Seduce Me will offer reenactments of the seduction strategies employed by all manner of creatures. It will premiere on April 20 on sundancechannel.com, and then on the TV service in August.

Among returning series Barnett pointed to, The Lazy Environmentalist returns for a second season starting April 20 at 9 pm. The series will be sponsored by Brita (which sponsored the first season) and General Electric, said Shari Weisenberg, Sundance Channel’s senior vp of marketing. Also coming back are a second season of fashion series The Day Before, which Barnett said will involve designer Diane von Furstenberg among others, and a second season of Man Shops Globe. Also coming back is a second round of documentary Brick City, which focuses on a number of issues surrounding the City of Newark, N.J., and its mayor Cory Booker.