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Apple is rounding out the cast for High Desert, the comedy that reunites Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette following Escape at Dannemora.
Joining the ensemble cast of the series about an addict named Peggy (Arquette) in Yucca Valley, California, who starts over as a PI after the death of her mother are Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend, Weruche Opia, Brad Garrett, Bernadette Peters and Christine Taylor. Jay Roach (Bombshell, Game Change) has also been tapped to direct all eight episodes after exec producer Stiller was originally poised to helm the pilot.
Writer-creators Nancy Fichman (Nurse Jackie), Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality) and Jennifer Hoppe (Nurse Jackie) exec produce alongside Stiller and Arquette. The comedy is produced in-house by Apple Studios, Stiller’s Red Hour Films, 3 Arts Entertainment and Delirious Media.
Dillon (Wayward Pines, Crash) will play Denny, Peggy’s ex and a charming parolee and relentless operator. Friend (Homeland) is Guru Bob, a local ex-anchorman who rebrands as a mystic desert personality after a trauma. Opia (I May Destroy You) portrays Carol, Peggy’s closest friend, the bored fiancee of an ER doctor and soon-to-be new stepmother who has a secret of her own. Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) plays Bruce, a PI whose business is circling the drain and who reluctantly employs Peggy. Peters (Smash, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) will have a recurring role as Peggy’s complicated mother, Rosalyn. Taylor (Zoolander) also recurs as Dianne, Peggy’s sister.
High Desert marks the third collaboration between Stiller and Arquette following Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora. The duo is also exec producing Apple drama Severance, which is now in postproduction and stars Arquette.
Dillon is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Friend is with Grandview and attorneys Steve Warren and Jennifer Gray. Opia is with Curtis Brown, Anonymous Content and attorney Shelby Weiser. Garrett is with UTA, Management 360 and Gendler & Kelly. Peters is with WME. Taylor is with UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.
A premiere date has not yet been determined.
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