EXCLUSIVE: In a major coup for Bravo, the network has tapped Connie Britton to star in the first season of its true-crime scripted anthology series, Dirty John, from Universal Cable Productions, Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment.
Written by Chance co-creator Alexandra Cunningham, Dirty John is based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. Season 1 tells the story of how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation. Britton will lead as Debra Newell, a successful interior designer and single mom from Orange County who falls in love with John Meehan.
Dirty John received a two season, straight-to-series order from Bravo earlier this year.
Britton will also serve as an executive producer on the series along with Cunningham, Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle and Charles Roven, and Los Angeles Times Studios’ Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri.
Britton helped successfully launch another anthology series, FX’s American Horror Story. Britton starred in the first installment of AHS, which triggered the current wave of anthology drama series and earned her an Emmy nomination.
Four-time Emmy nominee Britton most recently reunited with AHS’s Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear on Fox’s 9-1-1. She starred in the first season under a one-season deal she had signed for the show. Talks are underway for her to reprise her role in Season 2 in a guest starring capacity.
Britton also has a recurring role in the Golden Globe nominated SMILF for Showtime. She received Emmy nominations for her starring roles on Nashville, Friday Night Lights and AHS. On the film side, Britton recently wrapped production on Land of Steady Habits, based on the debut novel from Ted Thompson, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.
Britton is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson Teller. WME also reps Los Angeles Times Studios, Atlas Entertainment, and Alexandra Cunningham.