Anna Paquin to Lead Pop TV’s Comedy Series ‘Flack’

“The Full Monty” director Peter Cattaneo to run “high-stakes, celebrity-driven public relations” show

Anna Paquin
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Pop TV is heading into the world of “high-stakes, celebrity-driven public relations” with “Flack,” a new original-scripted comedy series starring Anna Paquin.

The show is equal parts hilarity and heart, reflecting the brutal reality and complexities of modern life where problems can go viral in an instant. The series centers on an American PR executive living in London (Paquin) who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed.

Paquin stars as the sharp and witty publicity maven, Robyn, who’s an expert at her craft, but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life. Robyn’s work as a crisis PR strategist is fast-paced and unpredictable, as she counsels high-profile personalities in entertainment, fashion and sports.

The six-episode limited series is executive produced by Paquin along with Jimmy Mulville (“Episodes”) and Helen Williams under their Hat Trick Productions banner, with Cerise Hallam Larkin, Stephen Moyer and Mark Larkin of CASM Films. “Flack” was created by Oliver Lansley (“Whites,” “Alice’s Adventures Underground”), who will also executive produce. The show is directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty,” “Rev.”) and produced by Mark Talbot. It co-produced with UKTV’s entertainment channel, W.

“Oliver Lansley has written six of the best scripts I’ve ever read,” says Paquin. “He walks that fine line between intense character-driven drama and exceptionally intelligent humor. My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humor is used as a sharply executed defense mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control. I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of ‘Flack’ as an actress and for my company CASM’s collaboration with Pop.”

“‘Flack’ is extremely poignant, smartly exploring an age in which for better or worse, news happens in a breath,” said Justin Rosenblatt, EVP of Original Programming, Pop. “This series captures the often funny and sometimes damaging results that ensue, with Anna Paquin as the dream lead who brings it all to life.”