Monday, January 28, 2019

USA Picks Up Drama 'Dare Me' Starring Willa Fitzgerald to Series

USA continues to replenish its scripted roster today. The cable network has given a series order to the original drama series Dare Me starring Willa Fitzgerald (Little Women, Scream). An episode count and premiere date window were not immediately announced.

Based on the novel by Megan Abbott, the drama explores the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading. It follows the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach (Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence. While the girls' friendship is put to the test, their young lives are changed forever when a shocking crime rocks their quiet suburban world.

The drama also stars Herizen Guardiola, Marlo Kelly, Rob Heaps, Zach Roerig, Paul Fitzgerald, Joyful Drake, Tammy Blanchard, Antonio J. Bell and Alison Thornton.

Abbott developed the drama. She will executive produce with Gina Fattore, Peter Berg, Michael Lombardo, Sarah Condon, Karen Rosenfelt and director Steph Green. Universal Cable Productions and Film 44 will produce.

Furthermore, Netflix has boarded the series as a co-producer with first-run rights to the series outside of the United States.

"Megan Abbott's voice brings a fresh perspective to USA Network, with a gripping, female-focused story that combines the ultra-competitive world of high school cheerleading with the secrets of a seemingly-perfect small American town," said Chris McCumber, President, USA and Syfy.