9:15am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Anna Paquin to Star in Pop TV's New Limited Series 'Flack'
Anna Paquin is returning to TV. The True Blood and Alias Grace star is set to appear in Pop TV’s upcoming scripted dramedy Flack. The limited series will consist of six hourlong episodes.
The series will follow the successful London-based publicity connoisseur Robyn (Paquin) in the extremely competitive and celebrity-driven world of public relations. While her wit helps her accomplish her professional responsibilities, her personal life is often neglected. Viewers will follow Robyn as she tackles issues that surface when working in the modern digital age in which scandals easily go viral. Robyn will deal with high-profile clients, including entertainment, fashion and sports personalities.
Oliver Lansley (Whites, Alice’s Adventures Underground) created the series and will serve as an executive producer. Paquin, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Stephen Moyer and Mark Larkin of CASM Films and Jimmy Mulville (Episodes) and Helen Williams of Hat Trick Productions will also act as executive producers. Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) will direct the limited series.
“Oliver Lansley has written six of the best scripts I’ve ever read,” Paquin said in a statement. “He walks that fine line between intense character-driven drama and exceptionally intelligent humor. My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humor is used as a sharply executed defense mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control. I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of Flack as an actress and for my company CASM’s collaboration with Pop.”
“Flack is extremely poignant, smartly exploring an age in which for better or for worse, news happens in a breath,” said Pop's executive vp, original programming Justin Rosenblatt. “This series captures the often funny and sometimes damaging results that ensue, with Anna Paquin as the dream lead who brings it all to life.”
The series will begin production later this month in London.
Flack is a co-production with UKTV’s entertainment channel, W.
Paquin is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.