Starz (try it free) lit up the Television Critics Association’s Winter 2022 Press Tour today with a first look at the star-studded, limited Gaslit series.
The Gaslit series will premiere Sunday, April 24, across all Starz platforms, including on Starz at 9 PM ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada, and will air day and date internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across Europe, Latin America, and Japan.
The first-look images and teaser trailer for the political thriller highlight the dramatic transformation the actors undertook to assume the real-life characters. “Gaslit is the Watergate story you’ve never heard before,” said creator, executive producer, and showrunner Robbie Pickering.
He added: “At the center of the show is Martha Mitchell, an unlikely whistleblower who is the first person to bust the whole scandal wide open and ultimately becomes the subject of a vicious White House smear campaign enacted in part by her own beloved husband, Attorney General John Mitchell.
“We also feature John Dean, a hotshot administration lawyer dragged into the coverup and thrust into the spotlight with his acerbic, whip-smart wife, Mo. The goal in making this project has always been to bring a real humanity to this subject, which yields a far richer and more relatable story than the standard male-driven political dramas about the period.
“I can’t wait for viewers to experience the extraordinary performances in this remarkable ensemble, led by Julia Roberts, brought to life in this thrilling, stranger-than-fiction tale of marriage, love, betrayal, and ultimately, hope.”
Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling and 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.
The story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by Julia 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 Sean Penn.
Despite her party affiliation, she was 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, John Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed, and ruthless — yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife — he’ll be forced to choose between Martha and the President.
Gaslit is based on the first season of the critically acclaimed Slow Burn podcast. It was created and executive-produced by Robbie Pickering. Matt Ross directed and executive produced.
Sam Esmail, via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton served as executive producers under their production banner Esmail Corp. Roberts executive produced 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 also executive produced.
Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, consulted on the project. Gaslit is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Starz.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.