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Casting news; Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular


Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a series regular in Briarpatch, USA Network’s crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, UCP and Paramount Television.

Written by Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Rosario Dawson), a tenacious and highly skilled investigator working for an ambitious young senator in Washington, D.C. When her 10-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury.

Dickens will play Chief of Police Eve Raytek, an authoritative firecracker who is committed to finding out who killed Allegra’s sister. She’s a boot-stomping good old girl who’s used to operating in an all-male environment. She knows how to do a shot, read a room and get things done.

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‘Briarpatch’: Ed Asner & Alan Cumming To Recur On USA Series


Ed Asner and Alan Cumming are set for key recurring roles opposite Rosario Dawson in Briarpatch,the first season of USA Network’s anthology series, from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, Universal Cable Prods. and Paramount Television. The series is currently in production in Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Asner will play James Staghorne Sr., the President and owner of the town’s only newspaper, The Chronicle. The longtime power behind the power in City Hall, he never bothers to hide his racism and resentment and deigns only to speak to his son Jimmy Jr. — unless someone sets off his powerful temper.

Cumming will portray Clyde Brattle, an elegant, charming, and murderous arms dealer. Currently a fugitive – and the target of a Senatorial investigation run by Allegra Dill (Dawson) — he arrives in town to wreak havoc and settle some old scores.

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From the LA Times:


Adapted by Andy Greenwald from a novel by Ross Thomas, the series is a comedy at heart. It leads with quirk: a man with no pants on; a shop that sells guns, tops and yo-yos; zoo animals on the loose. San Bonifacio is less a real sort of place than a box to hold a cast of characters and old-school institutions. It’s a small town in essence and yet big enough support a luxury hotel, a print newspaper, a zoo, big abandoned buildings for bad things to happen in...

Formally composed and carefully lighted, “Briarpatch” at times recalls “Fargo,” “Twin Peaks” and David Byrne’s “True Stories” — it’s no surprise to find that Sam Esmail, of the visually exacting “Mr. Robot,” is an executive producer, or that Greenwald himself was a producer on the highly stylized “Legion.” Though one wonders at first whether form will swallow content, “Briarpatch” quickly lets down its hair to become engaging and involving. Characters flirt with type but finally come across as original and real and thus worth caring about, while the performances are first rate, rooted in decades of film history but individual and modern at the same time.

and from Decider - Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Briarpatch’ On USA Network, Where A Tough-As-Nails Investigator Returns To Her Hometown To Find Who Killed Her Sister:


Briarpatch was adapted by Andy Greenwald (former Grantland TV critic, who is now on the other side of the fence) from a novel by Ross Thomas. Greenwald flipped the gender of the main character and added a few other characters (like Kim Dickens’ ambitious police chief Eve Raytek, whom we see in the second episode), but most of what we see on the series is a sense of place that’s eerily reminiscent of shows like Breaking Bad.

That’s not a bad thing, but we do see Greenwald’s influences come into play, including Sam Esmail, who is one of the show’s EPs, and his old Legion boss Noah Hawley. The first season of Briarpatch, meant to be a closed-ended story as part of a larger Fargo-style anthology series, and it spends a lot of time trying to show the viewer that it’s noir, but a sunny, hot kind of noir set in a town where the temperature doesn’t seem to dip below 98 degrees...

Our Call: STREAM IT, mainly for Dawson and Ferguson, though the world that Greenwald has set up in Briarpatch is one that’s worth visiting for ten episodes, as well, despite the heavy hand on quirk.


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22 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

My cable guide no longer lists the third episode as airing on Feb 20th, and doesn't list it for the following week either.  Has this series been cancelled?

It's still showing up on my guide, and there's not been any article on it that I found after googling. Sounds like a glitch in your cable guide?

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On 2/16/2020 at 12:35 PM, icemiser69 said:

My cable guide no longer lists the third episode as airing on Feb 20th, and doesn't list it for the following week either. 

According to the USA channel site, there's a new episode Feb. 24 @11pm (eastern). Just checked my on-screen cable guide and it's listed there, so I'm grateful they haven't cancelled it.

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