Bravo Media’s upcoming anthology series Dirty John has signed on three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart to a recurring role. With filming about to get underway, Smart joins the cast that includes and Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Dirty John marks Bana’s American television debut.
The scripted anthology series is based on Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard’s popular true crime podcast. Alexandra Cunningham (Chance, Desperate Housewives) is writing the series and executive producing. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle and Charles Roven are also executive producing as well as Los Angeles Times Studios’ Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen, and Chris Argentieri. In addition, series stars Connie Britton and Eric Bana are pulling double duty as executive producers.
Jean Smart is currently starring in FX’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series, Legion, with Dan Stevens.
Smart’s been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three. She won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Frasier in 2000 and her role as Lana Gardner on Frasier earned her a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2001. In 2008 she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for her performance in Samantha Who?.
In 2016 Jean Smart took home the Critics’ Choice award in the Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series for her work on FX’s Fargo. Smart also earned a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination as part of the cast of the dramatic series, 24.
The Plot: Eric Bana stars as John Meehan, a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation.
Jean Smart will recur in Bravo Media’s Dirty John playing Arlane Hart, Debra’s (Britton) mother.