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Starz has handed out a series order to Shining Vale, a horror comedy starring Courteney Cox.
The half-hour series, from Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), centers on a woman who, in a last-ditch attempt to save her marriage, moves her family from the city to an old house in the suburbs with a storied past — and discovers that her personal demons may actually be real. Starz has picked up eight episodes of the show, which has been in the works for more than a year.
The cast also includes Greg Kinnear, Mira Sorvino, Merrin Dungey, Gus Birney and Dylan Gage.
“Shining Vale is a smart, chilling and funny series that tells the story of a family in turmoil who is suddenly living with a paranormal who helps Courteney Cox’s character get her groove back as she starts to question her own sanity,” said Christina Davis, president original programming at Starz. “This group of talented actors, executive producers and director blends comedy and horror brilliantly throughout this series which exemplifies the network’s commitment to improve female representation on and off the screen.”
Cox plays Patricia “Pat” Phelps, a reformed wild child who became famous for writing a raunchy, drug and alcohol-fueled “female empowerment” novel. Seventeen years later, she’s sober but unfulfilled, hasn’t written a second novel and her marriage and family are in rough shape. She and her husband Terry (Kinnear) cash in their savings to move out of the city and into the possibly haunted house.
Sorvino plays Rosemary, who is either Pat’s alter ego, a split personality, her id, her muse or a demon. Dungey plays Kam, Pat’s closest friend and book editor. Birney and Gage play Pat and Terry’s teenage kids.
Astrof wrote the pilot for Shining Vale, from a story by Astrof and Horgan. They executive produce along with Horgan’s producing partner, Clelia Mountford, and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Cox is a producer; Dearbhla Walsh (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed and executive produced the pilot. Warner Bros. TV and Lionsgate TV produce in association with Astrof’s Other Shoe Productions, Horgan and Mountford’s Merman and Kapital Entertainment.
Cox is no stranger to the horror-comedy genre, having starred in the Scream franchise. She’s set to reprise her role as newswoman Gale Weathers in a relaunch of the series.
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