Starz Develops ‘Dirty Girls Social Club,’ ‘Pussy Valley’ & ‘Teresa’ TV Series


Katori Hall

“Katori Hall”

Starz is tripling down on diverse projects with female voices. The pay cable network announced Monday that it is developing “Dirty Girls Social Club,” based on Alisa Valdes’ best-selling novel, “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall, and “Teresa,” based on a highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela.

The new Starz projects were revealed during the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series following six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten year later, through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, they still can only count on each other. Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) will serve as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and  Lucia Cottone will serve as executive producers.

“Pussy Valley” examines the unexplored Southern strip club world, where the dreams of five brave women constantly come into conflict with the desires of politicians and athletes. Set in a Mississippi club called the Pink Pony, the series follows these women as their professional and personal lives intersect in dangerous ways on their quest for money and respect. Created by Katori Hall (“The Mountaintop”), she will also executive produce with Peter Chernin (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,”), Jenno Topping (Spy,”), and Dante Di Loreto (“The Normal Heart”). Khaliah Neal (“3½ Minutes”) will serve as consulting producer.

Finally, “Teresa” follows an undocumented young Latina clawing her way into the exclusive world of Los Angeles wealth, and her ruthless pursuit of money and power. Starz will develop the series with Lionsgate and Televisa USA, a division of the Mexican media company Grupo Televisa. Award-winning writer/producer Carlos Portugal (“East Los High”) will create the series and serve as showrunner.

Starz also announced the return dates for “Ash vs Evil Dead” and “Blunt Talk” on October 2, and an extended overall deal with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which includes the new superhero vigilante series “Tomorrow, Today.”

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