Showtime is launching a companion podcast for its upcoming limited series from Ben Stiller, “Escape at Dannemora,” that will delve into the real-life events that inspired the drama.
The limited series, which is directed and executive produced by Stiller, is based on the 2015 prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility. Two escapees — both convicted murderers — broke out of the Upstate New York facility, aided by a married female prison employee who reportedly carried on affairs with both men while supervising them in the tailor shop. It spawned the largest manhunt in the history of New York State.
The podcast, which is produced by Wondery’s Real Crime Profile, will dive deeper into the real-life events and feature interviews with cast-members, real people involved in the case and the creators.
The first two episodes feature interviews with executive producers and writers Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin on how the project came together and their experience researching. Episodes three and four will feature interviews with the real-life investigators on the case: Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Deputy Inspector General Jim Davis. Over the course of the pod series, there will also be interviews with Stiller and one of the stars, Bonnie Hunt.
The podcast will run every Wednesday through January 2.
You can exclusively listen to the first episode, which will be available at midnight, below:
The series stars Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano as the two escapees, Richard Matt and David Sweat, while Patricia Arquette plays Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell, the prison employee who, after becoming sexually involved with both men, assists them in their jailbreak. The cast also includes Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse.
Produced by Showtime, “Escape at Dannemora” is written and executive produced by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin. Michael De Luca, Bryan Zuriff, Nicky Weinstock and Bill Carraro also serve as executive producers.
The series will premiere on Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.