Deadlier Than the Male: Lily Rabe Stars in New TNT Thriller Series

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TNT is wading even further into the waters of intense, morally complex thrillers with new suspense drama series Deadlier Than the Male (working title). Created and written by Call the Midwife's Harriet Warner and with a pilot directed by Houda Benyamina (Divines), the series stars Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Hamish Linklater (Legion, Fargo), Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace) and Chiara Aurelia (Gerald's Game); with production expected to begin this summer in New Orleans.

"Deadlier Than the Male is the holy grail of complicated female characters with a thrilling, layered storyline that will excite and shock audiences. Harriet Warner, Bruna Papandrea, Houda Benyamina, Lily Rabe and Amy Brenneman are truly a dream team who have brought their brilliant creativity and talent to this mystery series."

– Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT

Deadlier Than the Male revolves around a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: Emma (Rabe) is a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer; John (Linklater) is a former serial predator desperate to find redemption; and Mary (Brenneman) is a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator.

Deadlier Than the Male marks the second drama pilot-to-series order from TNT, joining the previously announced series pickup of Snowpiercer. Warner and Papandrea executive produce with Casey Haver of Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T.

"I couldn't be more thrilled for Made Up Stories first TV series to have such incredible women behind and in front of the camera. Harriet Warner is a sublime talent. Houda Benyamina is a filmmaking force to be reckoned with, and it has already been an amazing experience collaborating with this great cast and the incredible team at TNT."

– Bruna Papandrea, Made Up Stories

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