A new drama described as “an intense, morally complex thriller about three damaged people trying to start over” has been given the green light at TNT.
The series, which has the working title “Deadlier Than the Male,” stars Lily Rabe, Enrique Murciano, Hamish Linklater, Chiara Aurelia and Amy Brenneman.
“‘Deadlier Than the Male’ centers on a trio of characters each with a mysterious and troubling past, including Emma (Rabe), a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, John (Linklater), a former serial predator desperate to find redemption, and Mary (Brenneman), a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter,” TNT says in an announcement. “As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator.”
The series is being produced by Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Turner’s Studio T, and executive produced by Bruna Papandrea (“Big Little Lies”); Harriet Warner (“Call the Midwife,” “Mistresses”), who wrote the script; and Casey Haver of Made Up Stories. Houda Benyamina (“Divines”) directed the pilot.
Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, commented in the announcement: “‘Deadlier Than the Male’ is the holy grail of complicated female characters with a thrilling, layered storyline that will excite and shock audiences. Harriet Warner, Bruna Papandrea, Houda Benyamina, Lily Rabe and Amy Brenneman are truly a dream team who have brought their brilliant creativity and talent to this mystery series.”
The series will start production this summer in New Orleans.