Thursday, May 3, 2018

Facebook Watch Gives Series Order to Dark Comedy 'Queen America' Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones

Facebook Watch has today given a series order to the original dark comedy Queen America starring Academy Award and Tony winner Catherine Zeta-Jones in her first U.S. television series role. 

Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the dark comedy centers on Vicki Ellis (Zeta-Jones), the most renowned (and ruthless) pageant coach in the state, and the hapless Samantha Stone who hopes Vicki can mold her into worthwhile contender for the title of Miss America. Vicki is desperately sought after by young women competing to be Miss America for one reason; she can turn any girl into a winner. But when she gets paired with the beautiful but unpolished Samantha, Vicki's entire reputation might be at stake.

Meaghan Oppenheimer created the comedy. She executive produces with Paul Lee, Bruna Papandrea, Casey Haver, Guymon Casady, Suzan Bymel and Janice Williams. Entertainment 360, Made Up Stories and wiip produce.

"I'm so excited to be making this show, set in my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma - and beyond grateful to be partnered again with Bruna Papandrea, who has championed this project from its earliest stages and proven to be one of the biggest supporters of women in the industry," said Oppenheimer. "We have been very lucky to have found such great collaborators in wiip, Entertainment 360 and Facebook. To have one of my favorite actresses, Catherine Zeta-Jones, bringing this character to life is a dream come true."