Bridget Jones star Renée Zellweger signs up for new TV drama

Chris Edwards
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Bridget Jones's Diary star Renée Zellweger has signed up for NBC's new true-crime drama The Thing About Pam.

The limited series, which is based on a set of stories from the newsmagazine programme Dateline and its companion podcast, will see the actress make her broadcast drama debut.

Zellweger will also executive produce the series, which will consist of six episodes.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Plot and further casting details are yet to be revealed, as are the true stories on which the series will focus.

The Thing About Pam comes from Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Zellweger's production company Big Picture Co. The series is written by Jessika Borsiczky (UnReal, House of Lies), who will also serve as showrunner.

"When you think about what qualifies something as a 'must watch,' I'm not sure you could do any better than the undeniable trifecta of Renée Zellweger, Blumhouse and Dateline," said NBCUniversal chairman of entertainment content Susan Rovner.

"The twists and turns of this saga are truly stranger than fiction, and in the hands of this incredibly talented artistic team, this series will bring a completely new perspective to a story that has already captivated millions."

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Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse, added: "Similar to our acclaimed and award-winning crime series such as The Jinx and Sharp Objects, we see this opportunity to fuel viewers' appetites for strong and compelling stories.

"This opportunity to build a powerful, scripted franchise and work with the incomparable Renée Zellweger in her first starring role on broadcast TV, with a writer as gifted as Jessika Borsiczky and adapting material from the treasure troves of Dateline in partnership with our friends at NBC, is unparalleled. I couldn’t be more proud of the Blumhouse team for bringing it to fruition."

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