Starz announced plans today for a scripted one-hour drama series that may set off alarms among watchdogs for its name alone. The series, “Pussy Valley,” will take what the pay cabler says is “an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta.”
The project was announced today at TCA by Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht.
“Set in an infamous Mississippi ‘shake junt’ called the Pink Pony, ‘Pussy Valley’ is an intimate window to the unexplored Southern strip club world, where the desires of pro-ballers and politicians collide with the dreams of five brave women,” Starz says in its announcement. “For these women, the line between performance and reality becomes blurred, as the drama of their outside lives threatens their onstage personas. On the quest for money, power, and respect, each woman must make a choice. For some it’s a step down, for others a step up, as the Pink Pony stage constantly shape-shifts between a platform for freedom and a gilded cage. In this world of smoke and mirrors, who will fall and who will fly?”
The series comes from playwright Katori Hall, who will executive produce with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Dante Di Loreto.
Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik commented: “We’re excited to work with Katori Hall, who has successfully created exciting and complex roles for black women in the American theater and we’re confident she’ll continue to do so with ‘Pussy Valley.'”