Shining Vale: Courteney Cox horror comedy gets Starz series order

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

It's been just over a year since we heard that a horror comedy pilot called Shining Vale was in the works at Starz with Courteney Cox attached to star, and now it has been announced that Starz has given the show an eight episode series order.

Creayed by Jeff Astrof and Sharon Horgan, Shining Vale will follow 

a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Patricia “Pat” Phelps (Cox), who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Pat is a former “wild child” who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women’s empowerment novel (a.k.a. lady porn). Fast forward 17 years later, Pat is clean and sober but totally unfulfilled. She still hasn’t written her second novel, she can’t remember the last time she had sex with her husband, and her teenage kids are at that stage where they want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: she had a torrid affair with the hot, young handyman who came over to fix the sink while Terry was at work. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, she and Terry cash in all their savings and move the family from the “crazy” of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs that has a storied past of its own. Everyone has their demons, but for Pat Phelps, they may be real.

Cox is joined in the cast by Greg Kinnear as Pat's husband Terry; Merrin Dungey as Pat's friend and book editor Kam; Gus Birney and Dylan Gage as Pat and Terry's teenage kids Gaynor and Jake; and Mira Sorvino as Rosemary, "who is either Pat’s alter ego, a split personality, her id, her muse, or a demon trying to possess her."

Christina Davis of Starz said this will be 

a smart, chilling and funny series that tells the story of a family in turmoil, suddenly living with a paranormal who helps Courteney Cox’s character get her groove back as she starts to question her own sanity. 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."

This sounds to me like it could be fun, I hope it will be a good balance of comedy and horror like Davis describes.

Shining Vale is being produced by Lionsgate and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, Astrof's Other Shoe Productions, and Horgan and Clelia Mountford's Merman. Astrof, Horgan, Mountford, Kaplan, and Dana Honor are all executive producers, while Cox is a producer. The pilot episode was directed and executive produced by Dearbhla Walsh.

Shining Vale Courteney Cox Greg Kinnear Gus Birney Dylan Gage

Source: Deadline

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