Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Starz announced on Monday the series pickups of Katori Hall‘s P-Valley (working title) and Hightown, formerly called P-Town from Rebecca Cutter, Gary Lennon and Jerry Bruckheimer.

P-Valley is based on Hall’s play Pussy Valley and is being described as an unapologetic look at the lives of strip club dancers. Deep down in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors—the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.

P-Valley stars Brandee Evans as Mercedes and Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford while Shannon Thornton and J. Alphonse Nicholson are series regulars. Joining Hall behind-the-scenes are Khaliah Neal as consulting producer, Patrik-Ian Polk as co-executive producer and award-winning music video director Karena Evans, who will direct the premiere episode.

Hightown touches on the current opioid epidemic sweeping the U.S. The drama is set amid the drug trade on Cape Cod, touched off when a body washes ashore and discovered by an irreverent National Marine Fisheries Service officer who is determined to help solve the murder even if the state cops want her nowhere near the case.

Hightown is written and executive produced by Cutter and executive produced by Lennon and Bruckheimer along with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.

Chicago Fire starlet Monica Raymund stars and production begins in March.

Stay tuned…