6:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Glenn Close to Star in Amazon Zombie Comedy Pilot 'Sea Oak' (Exclusive)
Glenn Close is returning to the small screen.
The Emmy-winning Damages alum has been tapped to star in Amazon half-hour comedy pilot Sea Oak. The pilot, picked up in March, is described as a mix of zombie drama and family revenge comedy.
Sea Oak revolves around Aunt Bernie (Close), a meek, unmarried woman with no children in a working-class Rust Belt city who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage and determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what's left of her nuclear family, including a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces, who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.
Written by George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), Sea Oak is executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner. Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane co-exec produce. Evan Dunsky will exec produce and serve as showrunner.
Sea Oak is Close's first series regular role since her five-season run on FX's, then DirecTV's, Damages. She earned two lead actress in a drama Emmy wins (and four total nominations) for her part as Patty Hewes on the series from Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman. Close also earned a Golden Globe for the role. The multiple Academy Award nominee has focused on features since Damages wrapped in 2012. Her credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Fatal Attraction, The Natural and The Big Chill. She next appears in The Wife. The actress has won three Tony Awards for roles including The Real Thing, Death and the Maiden and Sunset Boulevard, the latter of which she most recently reprised on Broadway.
Close is repped by CAA.