Thursday, March 5, 2020

CBS All Access Gives Series Order to Dark Comedy 'Guilty Party' Starring Isla Fisher

CBS All Access has today given a series order to the original dark comedy series Guilty Party starring Isla Fisher (Arrested Development, Nocturnal Animals).

The series follows Beth Baker (Fisher), a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career. She latches on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn't commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past.

Rebecca Addelman (Dead to Me, New Girl) created the comedy. She will executive produce with Fisher, Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller, Joe Farrell, Jim Ziegler, Mike Farah and director Trent O'Donnell. Joe Hardesty will serve as a co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios, Funny or Die and Mosaic will produce.

"Guilty Party is a wild ride fueled by Beth's grit, passionate heart and desperation to redeem herself," said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, CBS All Access. "We knew we needed a magnetic, versatile talent in the role, and Isla perfectly embodies the wholly original character Rebecca created. We are thrilled to add Guilty Party to our growing comedy slate, which includes Why Women Kill, No Activity and the upcoming animated Star Trek: Lower Decks."

"Guilty Party is a genre-bending show that tackles contemporary issues - the prison system, the death of print journalism and pervasive gun culture, to name a few - but has, at its core, smart, funny, ambitious and deeply complicated female characters," added Addelman. "It's been an absolute joy to write and create alongside fabulous studio, network and producing partners, and my hope is that it gives audiences a fresh take on the genre."