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Amy Adams & HBO Play With SHARP OBJECTS

By Jef Dinsmore on Apr 5, 2016 to Sharp Objects

SharpObjectsA drama series form the pen of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) is now a vehicle for Amy Adams. HBO has locked in an eight-episode season for SHARP OBJECTS to star the DC Universe’s latest Lois Lane. In this story, however, she is far removed from that character. Here, we picked a description from its Amazon page to describe it:

Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille’s hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing.  

This concept is going straight to series with Marti Noxon (Code Black, Mad Men) as showrunner. She will also write a number of episodes alongside Flynn. Dominating the directing chores is Jean Marc Vallée who will direct all eight installments. Don’t forget he is also directing BIG LITTLE LIES for HBO as well.

We can’t help but notice that HBO is liking the short season run of some series. In the old days a season was like 22 episodes. Now in a full season 10 is good enough but trimmed down to 8 or sometimes 6 is acceptable.Who knows? Maybe the strategy has its merits because some don’t want to invest a lot of time in their TV choices. SHARP OBJECTS might just be enough to tell the story of Camille Preaker.  Are you good with that trend? How about this particular premise or its leading lady? Hopefully, we will have fun playing with SHARP OBJECTS once it arrives. Stay tuned.    

(Source: Deadline)

  • DF_890

    One of the producers said on twitter that HBO ordered 8 but they have plans for more seasons if HBO is down for it. I doubt Amy Adams would sign on for a multi season thing though so maybe anthology style is what they mean

    • Jef Dinsmore

      HBO is looking for hits and hopes that this might be one of them. They might try to woo her pretty intently if all goes well. Time will tell.

  • “In the old days a season was like 22 episodes.” No, never. HBO used to have 13 eps (The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under). Never 22, this is network TV regular count. But yes, these days they are way short with 8. Sure, Oz used to have 8 as well, but it was a furious solo labor for Tom Fontana, so that is understandable.

    • Jef Dinsmore

      I wasn’t referring to HBO specifically there but to TV in general. Believe me I know my business I have been watching HBO since the late 1970’s.

  • Jojocotto

    I would only accept 6 to 8 episodes for a limited run series. Any less than that and it seems obvious that viewers aren’t going to be that invested. It was a strategy that didn’t help Hello Ladies, Getting On and Life’s Too Short so if this is an ongoing series, good luck getting viewers to buy into something the network doesn’t seem committed to pushing to it’s full potential as a major series.

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