Shining Vale’s Courteney Cox, Mira Sorvino & Greg Kinnear Interview – Contenders TV – Deadline
shining valley Co-creator Jeff Astrof said he was looking to take comedy out of the horror genre when he joined stars Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear and Mira Sorvino for a panel on the Starz series at the TV event Contenders by Deadline Sunday at the Paramount Theater.
“I wanted to do something like that,” Astrof said. “And then Aaron Kaplan said, ‘Sharon Horgan wants to do the brilliantbut as comedy,” and I was like, “This is amazing.
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The resulting horror-comedy series centers on a dysfunctional family that moves to a small town where terrible atrocities have taken place. Pat (Cox) is a writer who gets caught cheating on her husband Terry (Kinnear). In an attempt to save their marriage, they move out of the big city, but Pat soon begins to suspect something is wrong with their new home.
“We all spent quite a bit of time together and I felt like we had a family dynamic from the start,” Kinnear said. “There’s a lot of crazy shit going on on this show, but if you can first and foremost buy into this family being real and really going through all the stuff that’s going on here, that makes the ride a hell of a lot better.”
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“I was so happy to be able to have a teenage daughter, because I have one,” Cox said, “and immediately reached out to Gus [Birney] in every way, and the way she speaks to me on the show is the way I’m spoken to at home.
“I try to woo Patricia, Courteney’s character, to play with me,” Sorvino said, “and let me goad her into being a little wilder. And then eventually to kind of let me drive the car, her as a person but I kind of drive the car, and then we start to realize that my impulses can be a little less than innocent.
The eighth and final episode of the first season airs April 17 on Starz.
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