STARZ ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED LIMITED SERIES "THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE" TO PREMIERE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT 9PM ET/PT
Official Season 2 Tease Art and Exclusive First Look Photos Released
Pictured: Carmen Ejogo
Pictured: Louisa Krause, Anna Friel
Pictured: Teaser Art
Beverly Hills, Calif. - July 28, 2017 - Starz announced today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton that the second season of the groundbreaking and provocative STARZ limited series "The Girlfriend Experience" will premiere on Sunday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT.
From executive producer Steven Soderbergh, "The Girlfriend Experience" returns for season two with a new variation on storytelling. Breaking with last season's format, the anthology series also executive produced by Philip Fleishman, will follow two parallel stories each focusing on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines and locations while exploring the price of intimacy and its emotional consequences. One storyline for the 14-episode scripted original series will be set in Washington, D.C. and the other, in New Mexico.
Starz also released the official tease art and first look photos at the new season with Anna Friel and Louisa Krause starring in the D.C. story and Carmen Ejogo at the center of the New Mexico story. Each of the two parallel storylines is written, directed and executive produced by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.
Kerrigan's storyline is set against the backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the upcoming 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, where everything and everyone has a price, the second season tracks an unexpected and complex relationship between Erica Myles, a commanding and strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC, and Anna Garner, a confident and intelligent GFE provider at the top of her game. Under intense pressure to deliver on her super PAC fundraising goals, Erica meets Anna and enlists her help in blackmailing a high-powered dark money fundraiser, in order to gain access to his secret donor network. After their initial exchange, Erica and Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission. A relationship that changes the trajectory of Erica's personal and professional lives and takes Anna into new emotional territory.
Anna Friel ("Broken," "Marcella," "Pushing Daisies") will portray Erica Myles and Louisa Krause ("Billions," Jane Wants A Boyfriend, "The Flick") will play Anna Garner. Other cast members include Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow) as Darya Esford, Michael Cram ("Shadowhunters," Bent) as Mark Novak and Emily Piggford ("Hemlock Grove") as Sandra Fuchs.
Seimetz's storyline follows Bria Jones, a former high-end escort who enters the Witness Protection Program in order to escape her abusive relationship. After being torn from her upscale lifestyle, Bria and her estranged step-daughter are relocated to New Mexico where they are overseen by a commanding US Marshal, Ian Olsen. Despite orders to stay low, Bria begins to revive her career as a sex worker, still enraptured by the allure of precarious relationships and lavish gifts. Bria's moonlighting only becomes more complicated when it threatens to ensnare her new identity, her step-daughter, and the government official put in charge of her well-being. Bria quickly realizes she not only has to protect herself from her domineering ex but the very people who are supposed to be protecting her. Bria is forced to take matters into her own hands as she gambles not only her own safety but the people around her in a bid to regain the life she once had.?
Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Selma, "Zero Hours,") will play Bria Jones, Tunde Adebimpe (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Nasty Baby) as Ian Olsen, Morgana Davies ("Terra Nova," The Tree) as Kayla Fairchild and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, Kids) as Paul.
For more information on "The Girlfriend Experience" and access to press materials and show assets, please visit the new STARZ Media Room, compatible with iPad devices: https://mediaroom.starz.com/
And visit the official GFE Facebook Page and follow @GFE_STARZ on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #GirlfriendExperience and #STARZ.
About "The Girlfriend Experience"
STARZ Limited series "The Girlfriend Experience" is a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh's 2009 critically acclaimed movie of the same name and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide "The Girlfriend Experience" - emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. Oscar(R) and Emmy(R)-winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike, "The Knick") and Philip Fleishman serve as executive producers alongside Lodge Kerrigan (Clean, Shaven; "The Killing") and Amy Seimetz (Sun Don't Shine, Alien: Covenant), who are the co-creators, writers and directors on the series. Jeff Cuban, Andrew Fierberg (Secretary, My Art) and Academy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning producer Adele Romanski (Moonlight) will also executive produce. Senior Vice President of Original Programing Ken Segna is the Starz executive in charge of "The Girlfriend Experience."
Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.