Starz has announced the anthology series pick up of Gaslit and the debut of the exclusive limited series The Gloaming. Gaslit will star Julia Roberts (Homecoming, Wonder) and Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River).
Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic, 28 Hotel Rooms) will direct and executive produce the high-profile series Gaslit, adapted from Slate’s award-winning podcast Slow Burn’s first season about Watergate with showrunner Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot, Search Party, Natural Selection).
Gaslit is set to start production this spring and will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Starz.
“In ‘Gaslit,’ we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story in bringing Martha Mitchell’s historic role in Watergate to the forefront, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast including Julia and Sean and the best creative team and partners we could have asked for,” said Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz.
“We could not be more excited to bring this story to the global Starz audience and continue the network’s commitment to spotlighting premium stories that appeal to women while super serving our core audience.”
Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down.
“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share the heartbreaking, fascinating story of Martha Mitchell with the world,” said showrunner and executive producer Robbie Pickering. “Martha was the first and loudest voice to speak out against the bumbling criminality of a crooked Presidential administration and she was one of the most complicated public martyrs of the era. To find anyone willing to tell her story is a dream. To be making it with Sam, Julia, Sean, Matt, UCP and Starz seems impossible. I’m over the moon.”
The story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by Roberts. A big personality with an even bigger mouth, Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel.
As Attorney General, Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’ll be forced to choose between Martha and the President.
Along with Pickering and Ross, Sam Esmail (Homecoming, Mr. Robot), via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton (Mr. Robot, Homecoming) serve as executive producers under their production banner Esmail Corp. Roberts will executive produce under her banner Red Om Films along with co-executive producers Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Anonymous Content and Slate’s Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin will also executive produce. Leon Nayfakh, who created the podcast, will consult on the project.
Gaslit reunites Esmail and Roberts in their second television project together. The first was season one of Golden Globe-nominated Homecoming.
Starz exclusive limited series The Gloaming will premiere on Sunday, March 21 on STARZ across all platforms, as well on STARZ at 9PM ET/PT. The season will consist of eight episodes.
When a woman is found brutally killed, the clues surrounding her death connect to murders both past and present. Political corruption and shady business dealings are soon entwined with sinister crimes and occult practices.
At the center of this web are two detectives, Molly McGee (played by Emma Booth, Once Upon a Time) and Alex O’Connell (played by Ewen Leslie, Top of the Lake) who share a tragic past. In a harrowing journey to find the truth, their fate is coerced by the ghosts of the unsettled dead that linger in the liminal space between life and death – known as The Gloaming.
Additionally, the series stars Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy) as Gareth McAvaney, Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) as Inspector Lewis Grimshaw, Rena Owen (The Orville) as Grace Cochrane, Josephine Blazier (True History of the Kelley Gang) as Lily Broomhall, and Matt Testro (Nowhere Boys) as Freddie Hopkins.
Written and created by Victoria Madden (The Kettering Incident), who also serves as showrunner, The Gloaming is a co-production with Madden’s Sweet Potato Films and John Molloy’s (Molly, Boys in the Trees) 2 Johns Productions and ABC Signature, a division of Disney Television Studios, and premiered on Stan Australia in 2020.
The series features a line-up of internationally renowned, Australian directorial talent including Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Jungle), who also serves as an executive producer, as well as Michael Rymer (Hannibal, Battlestar Galactica, American Horror Story) and Sian Davies (Reef Break, Wentworth). Keli Lee, Nick Forward, Jon Adgemis and Michael Gudinski also serve as executive producers, with John Molloy and Fiona McConaghy as producers. Filmed in Australia, funding was provided in part by Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and Film Victoria.