Starz has put in development two female-driven series featuring diverse sets of characters: drama Pussy Valley and comedy Dirty Girls Social Club, based on the best-selling novel by Alisa Valdes.
The provocative Pussy Valley, created by playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) and executive produced by Peter Chernin, takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta.
Set in an infamous Mississippi “shake junt” called the Pink Pony, Pussy Valley explores the southern strip club world, where the desires of pro-ballers and politicians collide with the dreams of five brave women. For these women, the line between performance and reality becomes blurred, as the drama of their outside lives threaten their onstage personas. On the quest for money, power, and respect, each woman must make a choice. For some it’s a step down, for others a step up, as the Pink Pony stage constantly shape-shifts between a platform for freedom and a gilded cage.
Jenno Topping (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Dante Di Loreto (Glee) also executive produce. Khaliah Neal (3½ Minutes) will serve as consulting producer.
“We’re excited to work with Katori Hall who has successfully created exciting and complex roles for black women in the American theater and we’re confident she’ll continue to do so with ‘Pussy Valley,’” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz.
The Dirty Girls Social Club is described as a dynamic and sexy half-hour series about six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten years later, and through professional and personal successes, failures and heartaches, the one thing they can always count on is each other.
Ligiah Villalobos serves as showrunner. She executive produces with Anne Thomopoulos (Versailles) and veteran network executive Lucia Cottone.
“’The Dirty Girls Social Club’ is a wonderful story about friendship with complex, nuanced characters,” said Zlotnik. “We are proud to develop a series that celebrates cultural diversity, produced by a diverse group of women.”
Alisa Valdes is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe.