Oscar winner Anna Paquin is following up her starring role in WGN’s dramatic thriller Bellevue with a lead role in Pop TV’s Flack. The original series is described as a dramedy and was created by executive producer Oliver Lansley (Alice’s Adventures Underground). Paquin will also serve as an executive producer along with her husband, Stephen Moyer. Jimmy Mulville (Episodes), Helen Williams, Cerise Hallam Larkin, and Mark Larkin are also on board as executive producers.
Flack will consist of six hour-long episodes. The Full Monty‘s Peter Cattaneo is attached to direct, and filming is expected to begin later this month in London.
“Oliver Lansley has written six of the best scripts I’ve ever read,” stated Paquin, commenting on Flack. “He walks that fine line between intense character-driven drama and exceptionally intelligent humor. My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humor is used as a sharply executed defense mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control. I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of Flack as an actress and for my company CASM’s collaboration with Pop.”
“Flack is extremely poignant, smartly exploring an age in which for better or worse, news happens in a breath,” said Justin Rosenblatt, EVP of Original Programming, Pop. “This series captures the often funny and sometimes damaging results that ensue, with Anna Paquin as the dream lead who brings it all to life.”
The Flack Plot: The world of high-stakes, celebrity-driven public relations is the subject of the original television dramedy. Flack is equal parts hilarity and heart, reflecting the brutal reality and complexities of modern life where problems can go viral in an instant. With PR serving as the perfect backdrop, Flack centers on an American PR executive living in London (Anna Paquin) who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed.
Paquin stars as the sharp and witty publicity maven, Robyn, who’s an expert at her craft but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life. Robyn’s work as a crisis PR strategist is fast-paced and unpredictable, as she counsels high-profile personalities in entertainment, fashion and sports.