Jay Roach is directing and Ben Stiller is executive producing, but somehow this show still flies under the radar.
Patricia Arquette is having a “breakup” reunion with a noir twist — in a show you probably haven’t heard of.
The Emmy winner is teaming up again with “Severance” and “Escape at Dannemora” director Ben Stiller in the dark comedy “High Desert” for Apple TV+. Arquette plays Peggy, an on-again, off-again addict who decides to start over after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, making a lifelong decision. to be a private investigator.
The series also stars Matt Dillon, Christine Taylor, Brad Garrett, Weruche Opia, Bernadette Peters, Rupert Friend and Keir O’Donnell. “High Desert” is created and written by Nancy Fichman (“Grace and Frankie”), Katie Ford (“Miss Congeniality”) and Jennifer Hoppe (“Nurse Jackie”), who also serve as executive producers. Both Stiller and Arquette serve as executive producers.
Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”) directs all eight episodes of the half-hour series. Stiller was originally announced to direct the series in 2020.
Arquette recently previewed “Severance” Season 2, warning that fans should be “very scared” of what’s in store for her other series with Ben Stiller at Apple.
“I think these guys worked really hard and came up with a lot of creative stuff. They have a whole world in their mind,” Arquette said. “They’re just letting us in on what’s going on, but I think it’s going to be fun and beautiful.”
Arquette previously told IndieWire at the 2022 Gotham Awards that filming the sci-fi workplace series was “claustrophobic” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was a very strange thing,” Arquette said. “And it was weird, we couldn’t joke with the crew in the same way or hang out in the same way, so the show was very claustrophobic and the experience of filming it was very claustrophobic.”
Arquette next stars in Gonzo Girl opposite Daisy Jones and the Six star Camila Morrone. The novel adaptation marks Arquette’s feature directorial debut after directing two episodes of the crime series “Medium” in 2009. “Gonzo Girl” also stars Willem Dafoe, Ray Nicholson, Elizabeth Lail, Leila George, James Urbaniak, Zoë Bleu Sidel and Rick Springfield.
“High Desert” premieres May 17 on AppleTV+.
Watch the trailer below.
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