‘One Day at a Time’ star Justina Machado is set to headline the recently greenlit horror television ‘The Horror of Dolores Roach.’ The show will be an Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television co-production for an eight-episode first season.
Amazon Studios said in a press release, “Amazon Studios today announced that it has ordered the new series The Horror of Dolores Roach from Blumhouse Television, Spotify’s Gimlet, and GloNation Studios, with Justina Machado starring in the title role. The Horror of Dolores Roach will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.”
They continued, “The eight-episode, half-hour series—based on the hit Gimlet podcast series of the same name—is a contemporary Sweeney Todd-inspired tale of eat or be eaten; a macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest. Aaron Mark, who wrote and directed the original podcast, and Dara Resnik will serve as co-showrunners and executive produce the series, alongside Gloria Calderón Kellett and Roxann Dawson, who directed the pilot.”
Roxann Dawson will be familiar to Star Trek fans for portraying chief engineer B’Elanna Torres on the television series ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and cult movie enthusiasts for her role as Angela Rooker in ‘Darkman III: Die Darkman Die.’
Mark expressed his excitement for the adaption of the original podcast saying, “After eight years living with the indomitable Dolores Roach in multiple forms, I could not be more thrilled to be bringing her to life on television with this powerhouse team.”
Amazon Studios describe the plot as follows:
“Dolores Roach is released from prison after 16 years and returns to a severely gentrified Washington Heights with $200 and the clothes on her back. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, Dolores reunites with an old stoner buddy, Luis, who gives her room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his dilapidated storefront, Empanada Loca, the only remnant of her former life. When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is driven to shocking extremes to survive, and in the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic, and Luis must unleash his own peculiar predilections. ”
The series also stars Alejandro Hernandez, Kita Updike, and K. Todd Freeman
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