POP TV RENEWS "FLACK," STARRING OSCAR(R) WINNER ANNA PAQUIN FOR SECOND SEASON
Emmy(R) Nominee Sam Neill and Screen Actors Guild Award(R) Winner Daniel Dae Kim Join Cast Executive Producer Stephen Moyer To Direct Two Episodes
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 2, 2019 - Today, Pop TV, now fully owned by CBS Corporation, announced it has picked up a second season of FLACK, a drama with darkly comedic situations set in the world of high-stakes celebrity public relations that stars Academy Award(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner and Emmy-nominated actress Anna Paquin (True Blood, The Affair on SHOWTIME(R)). Six episodes of FLACK, a co-production with UKTV's W Network, have been ordered with production beginning today in London. Executive Producer Stephen Moyer will make his series directorial debut with two episodes.
Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor Sam Neill will reunite with Paquin, his The Piano co-star, when he joins the cast for a multi-episode arc as Duncan, who has a very complicated relationship with the PR agency boss, Caroline. In addition, Screen Actors Guild Award winner Daniel Dae Kim (Stowaway, Always Be My Maybe) will also star this season as Scott Cole, a tech titan who begins a romance with someone at the firm. Paquin returns as Robyn, whose work and home lives collided catastrophically at the end of season one, when she could no longer resist the temptations of her myriad addictions. Also reprising their roles are Tony(R) Award winner and Oscar(R) nominee Sophie Okonedo CBE (Hotel Rwanda) who plays Caroline, Lydia Wilson (About Time) as Eve, and Rebecca Benson (Game of Thrones, The White Princess) as Melody. Genevieve Angelson (Titans, Good Girls Revolt) also returns as Robyn's sister Ruth, alongside Rufus Jones and Arinze Kene. Other season two guest stars will include Jane Horrocks, Giles Terera and Amanda Abbington, reprising her role as Alexa.
"One of the most exciting pieces of feedback I received after the season finale of FLACK was people begging for more episodes so they could continue to ride the intensely exciting rollercoaster of our show and find out what the future has in store for our characters," said Paquin. "So, it is with such joy and pride that I can confirm we are in fact about to start production on season two. Many questions were left unanswered, shocking plot twists were dropped into our viewers' laps and this season I can promise even more of the darkly comedic client dramas as well as fascinating insight into the tumultuous personal lives of our exceptional ensemble of badass women."
"FLACK and its stellar cast, led by Anna Paquin, continues to illuminate the lengths people will go to to keep their indiscretions out of the news cycle or conversely, try to bring attention to them," said Justin Rosenblatt, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. "With loads of verve and vigor, there's so much more to resolve as these characters work to fix everyone else's problems while struggling with their own."
FLACK returns to Pop TV's slate of acclaimed series which includes the upcoming final season of the critically adored comedy SCHITT'S CREEK, which was recently nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, the newly launched FLORIDA GIRLS, and the just announced BEST INTENTIONS. Pop will debut the fourth season of the fan-favorite series ONE DAY AT A TIME exclusively on the network in 2020.
FLACK is a Pop TV Original series, written by Oliver Lansley, produced by Debs Pisani (Back to Life, Episodes on SHOWTIME) and executive produced by Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams of Hat Trick Productions. Pete Thornton executive produces for UKTV. Anna Paquin executive produces for CASM alongside Stephen Moyer, Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin. The series will be directed by Alicia MacDonald, Oliver Lansley and Stephen Moyer.
About Pop TV
Pop is a fully distributed entertainment cable network featuring fun, comedy-leaning programming for Modern Grownups(R)engaged fans who came of age in the '80s and '90s raised on network TV. The Network recently ordered a new season of the critically acclaimed ONE DAY AT A TIME to join its original scripted series, including the Emmy-nominated signature comedy SCHITT'S CREEK, perennial favorites such as BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK, and a lineup of "Still Awesome" television hits including "90210" and "Charmed," Pop is TV the way it should be - effortlessly entertaining. Owned by CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), Pop is available on all major cable and satellite providers, as a downloadable app called PopNow and on most over-the-top streaming services.
W is UKTV's premium entertainment channel, offering audiences a dazzling mix of UKTV Original series with some of the UK's most-loved talent in front and behind the camera.
UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and scripted drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers. UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.
About Hat Trick
Hat Trick is one of the UK's most successful independent production companies, whose output is immediately identified with popular and award-winning programming. Founded by Jimmy Mulville, Denise O'Donoghue and Rory McGrath in a cramped office in Soho in 1986 the aim was then, and is now, to make television programmes which we ourselves would like to watch. For more than 30 years Hat Trick has been working with some of the leading writers, producers, directors, performers and crew both in the UK and abroad. And some of the brightest names in British television began their careers and continue to build them under the Hat Trick banner.
About CASM FILMS
CASM FILMS is an independent film and television production company based in Los Angeles, partnering Cerise Hallam Larkin, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Mark Larkin.