Netflix Orders Christina Applegate Dark Comedy Series Produced By Will Ferrell

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Christina Applegate is set to make her return to television with the dark comedy Dead To Me, which has already been given a 10-episode order at Netflix. Much like how Santa Clarita Diet hid a bizarre, supernatural storyline, this new series sounds as though it too might have something up its sleeve with the official logline that reads: “A dark comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.”

Applegate is set to play the aforementioned widow, but will also serve as an executive producer alongside previous collaborators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who she worked with on Anchorman and Anchorman 2. The series, a half-hour comedy, has already lined up a showrunner in Liz Feldman, who previously worked on CBS’ Two Broke Girls and The Great Indoors. Unsurprisingly, Dead To Me is produced by CBS Television Studios. 

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Though its logline may or may not be intentionally deceptive, the synopsis affords a little more information with regard to the show’s story and some insight into the character Applegate is set to play. Check out the synopsis below: 

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“Christina Applegate will play “JEN”: A poised and put together woman with a dark sense of humor and an anger problem that she doesn't necessarily want to deal with, Jen has been struggling to keep it together in the months since her husband was killed in a hit and run.”

Though brief, that synopsis, along with the title, certainly sells the idea of this being a dark comedy. There’s no word yet on whether or not Dead To Me will be a single or multi-cam sitcom, which could have a big impact on the tone of the show, depending on the intentions of Feldman, Applegate, and the others involved. The half-hour, single camera format has worked well for Santa Clarita Diet, but Netflix is by no means averse to multi-camera sitcoms, as evidenced by The Ranch and the critically acclaimed One Day At a Time. 

Dead To Me will be Applegate’s first regular television series in six years, as she’s been appearing in theatrical releases like the aforementioned Anchorman series, Vacation, as well as Bad Moms and its sequel Bad Moms Christmas. Given the pedigree of all involved and Netflix’s 10-episode order, it seems as though Dead To Me might be a show worth looking out for when it finally hits the streaming service. 

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Dead To Me does not currently have a premiere date. 

Source: Netflix 

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