Shining Vale: Courteney Cox Horror-Comedy Gets STARZ Series Order

Courteney Cox has a new horror-comedy series Shining Vale set up at STARZ. The series, from Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof and Divorce creator Sharon Horgan, will also star Greg Kinnear and Mira Sorvino. The network has ordered eight episodes to start, giving a big vote of confidence to the show. Lionsgate will join forces with Warner Bros. Television to co-produce the series. The series is a kind of spin on the haunted house tale, with Courteney Cox and her family moving to the house to try and fix their family after she has an affair. Deadline Hollywood had the news of the series episode order this afternoon.

Courtney Cox at the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. 6-20-11, CA. Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com
Courtney Cox at the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. 6-20-11, CA. Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

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"Shining Vale stems from an idea by Kaplan. It follows a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Patricia "Pat" Phelps (Courteney Cox), who's convinced she's either depressed or possessed – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Pat is a former "wild child" who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women's empowerment novel (a.k.a. lady porn). Fast forward 17 years later, Pat is clean and sober but totally unfulfilled. She still hasn't written her second novel, she can't remember the last time she had sex with her husband (Kinnear), and her teenage kids are at that stage where they want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: she had a torrid affair with the hot, young handyman who came over to fix the sink while Terry was at work. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, she and Terry cash in all their savings and move the family from the "crazy" of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs that has a storied past of its own. Everyone has their demons, but for Pat Phelps, they may be real."

Sold. Put it out tomorrow, STARZ.

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