Starz has officially ordered “The Hunting Wives” to series with eight episodes.
Based on May Cobb’s best-selling novel of the same name, the story follows Sophie O’Neil and her family as they pack up their things and move away from the East Coast and head down south to East Texas where she’s introduced to socialite Margo Banks. Sophie falls prey to Margo’s irresistible charms and soon winds up consumed by obsession, seduction, and murder.
“‘The Hunting Wives’ is a juicy, suspenseful and sultry thrill-ride,” said Kathryn Busby, president of Original Programming for Starz. “We’re excited to continue to work with Rebecca and Erwin on this propulsive series that perfectly complements Starz’s slate of edgy, female-forward premium content.”
The news comes shortly after Starz canceled several shows including “Run the World,” Heels,” and “Blindspotting,” nearly clearing its programming slate. As Variety previously reported, all three shows had recently aired their second seasons on the premium cabler. Though, “The Venery of Samantha Bird” was axed before Season 1 could premiere as the show still had two episodes of filming left. Production was paused in May when the WGA went on strike.
“The Hunting Wives” is executive produced by Rebecca Cutter (“Hightown”), who will write and serve as showrunner, and Erwin Stoff (“The Serpent Queen”) for 3 Arts Entertainment.
Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment back the production with Alex Alberts, director of original programming, Tara Roy, director of original programming, and Christina Jokanovich, senior vice president of original programming overseeing for Starz. Scott Herbst and Courtney Mock will oversee on behalf of Lionsgate Television.
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