Christina Applegate is the latest star to join the Netflix series “Dead To Me,” which already has an impressive cast behind it. The series will be a dark comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret. Netflix hasn’t set a firm premiere date at this time but we are hoping to see the project in mid-2019.
According to Netflix, Christina Applegate will play “Jen”: A poised and put together woman with a dark sense of humor and an anger problem that she doesn’t necessarily want to deal with. Netflix also stated that Jen has been struggling to keep it together in the months since her husband was killed in a hit and run.
The series itself will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Gloria Sanchez Productions for Netflix. Applegate will also serve as an Executive Producer on the show, along with Liz Feldman (Showrunner), Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum.
Netflix has been on a production spree this past few weeks, announcing several new series and renewals at this year’s Anime Expo. The video-streaming service also added Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman and Bokeem Woodbine to the cast of “In the Shadow of the Moon,” and cemented the cast for Dee Rees’ adaptation of “The Last Thing He Wanted”. Both of those projects began filming in different locations this month and are expected to launch on Netflix in 2019.
Earlier this month Netflix announced that the company has entered into a creative partnership with Actor, Director, and Producer Jason Bateman through Aggregate, Bateman’s production company. Bateman has partnered with well-respected, veteran producer and executive Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Out of the Furnace, Ghost in the Shell) to form a new, shared vision under the Aggregate name. Bateman and Costigan will combine their respective film and television slates, and also work closely together to develop and produce future projects that draw on both emerging talent and their deep bench of filmmaker and actor relationships. In the announcement Bateman added, “Michael and I are incredibly fortunate that Aggregate has been welcomed into the Netflix fold. Through my experience with ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and now OZARK, I have seen first-hand the positive, thriving culture that Ted, Cindy and Scott have created. We look forward to working hard with their dedicated and creative teams to contribute to the enormous momentum and high quality content that Netflix delivers.”