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‘Three Women’: Blair Underwood & Lola Kirke Join Showtime Drama Series

Emmy winner Blair Underwood (In Treatment) is set as a lead opposite Shailene Woodley, DeWanda Wise and Betty Gilpin in the upcoming Showtime drama series Three Women. Additionally, Mozart in the Jungle alumna Lola Kirke has been tapped for a recurring role in the hourlong series based on the nonfiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo, who has adapted her book.

In Three Women, a group of women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Gilpin stars as Lina, a homemaker in Indiana who, after a decade in a passionless marriage, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Lastly, Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever.

Underwood will play Richard, a popular island chef who is blindsided when his wife Sloane (Wise) begins a hidden sexual relationship with another man.

Kirke will portray Jenny, a sparkling, free spirit – and possibly the only woman Sloane (Wise) has ever gotten close to.

Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo, showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg has signed on to direct the first two episodes, which she will also executive produce.

Underwood will next be seen in the psychological thriller film Viral, where he also serves as director and producer; the upcoming TV series Love Life; and the recently announced pilot for L.A. Law, where he’s set to executive produce and reprise his original starring role. Underwood is repped by ICM Partners, Thruline and Felker Toczek Suddelson Abramson.

Kirke will be seen next in the upcoming untitled limited series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to her lead role on Mozart in the Jungle, her additional notable credits include The Premise, Lost Girls and American Woman. She is repped by One Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Sloane, Offer and Weber & Dern.

Source: deadline.com

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‘The Premise’: Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim & More Join B.J. Novak FX Comedy Anthology Series

B.J. Novak’s previously untitled comedy anthology series for FX now has a title and fresh lineup of stars set to appear. Created, written and hosted by Novak, The Premise adds Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, Soko, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, Eric Lange to its cast.

Set to debut on FX on Hulu with two episodes on Thursday, September 16, The Premise is a new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era. The series combines comedic premises with dramatic performances, creating a new tone for a new time. Previously announced cast members are Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook and Beau Bridges.

Executive producers for The Premise are Novak and John Lesher. The series is produced by FX Productions.

In addition to unveiling the series’ title and the latest cast members, FX revealed details for the first five-episode installment of The Premise and first-look images. Read the episode descriptions and see the images below.

Summer Premiere Dates For New & Returning TV Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming

“Social Justice Sex Tape” – When a white, woke, twentysomething ally to social justice causes (Ben Platt) discovers video evidence of a disputed police incident in the background of his highly embarrassing sex tape, a savvy young lawyer (Ayo Edebiri) and her mentor (Tracee Ellis Ross) strategize on how to best use the tape and witness to save an innocent man (Jermaine Fowler) from prison. Also starring Melissa Saint-Amand. Written by B.J. Novak and Josie Duffy Rice. Directed by Kitao Sakurai.

“Moment of Silence” – After losing his daughter to gun violence, a grieving father (Jon Bernthal) pursues a new job as a PR director at the National Gun Lobby, where he’s befriended by a co-worker (Boyd Holbrook) who starts to suspect that the man’s motives may be far more dangerous than they seem. Also starring Beau Bridges and Amy Landecker. Written and directed by B.J. Novak.

“The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler” – A pop megastar (Lucas Hedges) returns to his high school to pledge a donation to build a new library but instead promises to have sex with the school’s valedictorian as an academic achievement prize. The promise inspires the disillusioned Abbi (Kaitlyn Dever), along with the rest of the student body, while the star’s manager (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and the school’s principal (George Wallace) desperately try to walk back the promise. Also starring Ed Asner, Brendan Scanell and Grace Song. Written and directed by B.J. Novak.

“The Commenter” – A young woman (Lola Kirke) with a happy life and loving partner (Soko) becomes obsessed with a critical anonymous comment online, eventually upending her life in a quest for the commenter’s approval. Also starring Sylvia Grace Crim and Benjamin Clement. Written by Jia Tolentino and B.J. Novak. Directed by Darya Zhuk.

“Butt Plug” – A once-poor child of immigrants (Daniel Dae Kim) who has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former school bully (Eric Lange): an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product. Also starring Bryan Batt. Written by B.J. Novak. Directed by Jake Schreier.

Source: deadline.com