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Southern Gothic Mystery Series for Spectrum, Paramount Network


Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network have picked up the new southern gothic mystery series Paradise Lost (working title), which has Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful) attached as the male lead.

The series is about a psychiatrist who moves with her family from California to her husband’s hometown in Mississippi only to uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved. Hartnett will star alongside Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin) in the lead roles.

The original story is created and written by Rodes Fishburne (Blood & Oil), who will co-showrun and executive produce. Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) also serves as writer and co-showrunner, and the pilot is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side).

Keith Cox, president of development and production at Paramount Network and TV Land, said: “Paradise Lost is a complex, compelling series full of incredible characters, including the small town in Mississippi where it is set. We’re excited to see John Lee Hancock bring this incredible world to life, building on the vision that Rodes Fishburne and Arika Lisanne Mittman have so vividly created.”

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