Courteney Cox to Star in Starz Horror-Comedy Pilot ‘Shining Vale’

Pilot is written by “Trial & Error” co-creator Jeff Astrof and “Catastrophe” creator Sharon Horgan

Courteney Cox has been tapped to star in the the horror-comedy pilot “Shining Vale” at Starz.

Written by “Trial & Error” co-creator Jeff Astrof based on a story he conceived with “Divorce” and “Catastrophe” creator Sharon Horgan, “Shining Vale” centers on a dysfunctional family who moves into a house where terrible atrocities have taken place. No one seems to notice except for Pat, who’s convinced that she’s either depressed or possessed – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same.

“As Starz continues to expand its slate of original comedy series, we are incredibly proud to bring a talented actress such as Courteney Cox to the network to topline Shining Vale,” said Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch. “Her previous success in the genre combined with her well-honed comedic chops make her the ideal actor to bring Pat to life.”

Cox’s Pat is described as “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, and her teenage kids are at that stage where they love their vile friends and want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: a torrid 15-night-stand with a hot, young artist/handyman/musician neighbor. In a last-ditch effort to save her marriage, she and her family move from the “crazy” of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs where evil and humor collide.”

The comedy hails from Warner Bros. Television and Lionsgate, in association with Astrof’s Other Shoe Productions, Horgan’s Merman banner and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Clelia Mountford of Merman and Dana Honor of Kapital also executive produce. Dearbhla Walsh will direct and executive produce the pilot.

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