Monday, June 17, 2019

Dark Comedy 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida' Starring Kirsten Dunst Moves to Showtime

The original dark comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida starring Emmy nominee Kirsten Dunst is on the move once more. The nine-episode first season has been acquired by Showtime, which has also slated a premiere date in August.

Set in the cult of free enterprise and one woman's relentless pursuit of the American dream in the early 1990s, Krystal Stubbs (Dunst) lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM) - the cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II.

In addition to Dunst, the series stars Ted Levine, Théodore Pellerin, Beth Ditto and Mel Rodriguez.

Recurring guest stars include Usman Ally, Julie Benz, Melissa De Sousa, John Earl Jelks, Sharon Lawrence, Josh Fadem, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Alexander Skarsgård and Mary Steenburgen.

Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky created the series, with Esta Spalding serving as showrunner. They executive produce with Dunst, George Clooney, Grant Heslov and director Charlie McDowell. TriStar Television and Smokehouse Pictures produce.

"We were immediately drawn to this stylish and subversive female empowerment story starring Kirsten Dunst as you've never seen her before," said Gary Levine, Entertainment President, Showtime. "Throw in clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators, and we're confident Showtime audiences will find On Becoming a God irresistible!"

The pickup at Showtimes comes as On Becoming a God in Central Florida has had a rocky road to air. The series was first developed at AMC. Then, it was ordered to series at YouTube Premium. Now, the show was sent out to other outlets after YouTube announced a programming shift that saw scripted programming as less of a priority and the need to package its series as ad-supported.

The nine-episode first season will debut on the premium cable network on Sunday, August 25 - where it will be paired with the final season of The Affair.