Rosario Dawson Joins USA Network for Anthology Series
A new anthology series is in the works
Rosario Dawson will star in a new anthology series for USA Network, just as the network says goodbye to one of its longest-running series. The network detailed the new drama’s story, as well as the cast, and confirmed that the first season is titled Briarpatch.
According to the network’s announcement, the story follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The season also stars Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs”), Brian Geraghty (“Chicago P.D.,” “Ray Donovan”) and Edi Gathegi (“StartUp”). The first season will shoot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“When we were first introduced to the anthology by Andy Greenwald, UCP and Paramount Television, we were immediately struck by the show’s unique tone and captivating story,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “And Sam Esmail’s incomparable vision and style, coupled with Rosario Dawson’s tremendous performance as Allegra Dill, will no doubt leave audiences buzzing.”
Season One will star Rosario Dawson (“Rent,” “Seven Pounds”), and is based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. Ana Lily Amirpour directed the pilot and also served as an executive producer. In addition to her starring role, Dawson will serve as a producer on Briarpatch as well. The debut season is written for television by Andy Greenwald, who will serve as executive producer along with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp. Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton will also serve as an executive producer on the project.
The network also confirmed the final season of “Suits” this week. The ninth and final season of the long-running series will have 10 episodes.
“Suits has played an instrumental role in our network’s DNA for nearly a decade,” said Chris McCumber, President, USA Network and SYFY. “I and everyone at USA Network sincerely thank Aaron Korsh, our partners at UCP and the entire Suits family for their tremendous creativity, devotion and support over a truly amazing run.”
The series has been a consistent performer for the network since it first aired back in 2011. The series began when Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) took a gamble by hiring Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as an associate at his prolific Manhattan law firm. Over several seasons, the duo along with Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), became a family intertwined in one another’s triumphs and tribulations, including countless corporate takeovers, a prison storyline, a disbarring and a wedding.
“Though I know it isn’t true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer’s very first hour long script. These days that’s a common thing, but forty seven years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and UCP. First and foremost I would like to thank Alex Sepiol and Dennis Kim, without whom SUITS would never have gotten made. I also cannot thank Bill McGoldrick, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Ted Chervin, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Doug Liman, Dawn Olmstead and everyone at the network and studio enough for their dedication and support throughout the years. And to the exceptional writers, cast and crew – thank you for your passion and devotion, without which, Suits would be nothing. And last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the Suits family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks – thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I’m getting the hang of this writing thing. And once that happens, nobody wins. I look forward to enraging and hopefully sometimes delighting you with the final episodes. Finally, to my wife Kate and my children Cooper and Lucy. Thank you for enduring countless late nights and times away, for me to get to live my dream. I love you. Love, Aaron”
Currently, “Suits” centers on an evolved firm led by Harvey, Louis, secretary-turned-COO Donna, plus Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce). The firm continues to tackle top corporate cases with the support of Alex Williams (Dulé Hill), Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl).