USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES PICKUP OF ‘THE SINNER’ FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
SERIES IS EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY AND STARS JESSICA BIEL
Executive Producers Also Include Michelle Purple of Iron Ocean, Derek Simonds and Charlie Gogolak
PASADENA, CA – January 17, 2017 — USA Network has announced a pickup from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) of the anthology series THE SINNER, executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel (“The Book of Love”). The crime thriller also stars Bill Pullman. Biel’s producing partner Michelle Purple will also serve as executive producer, through their company Iron Ocean. The pilot was written by executive producer Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”) and is based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name. Charlie Gogolak also serves as executive producer. Antonio Campos (“Christine”) directed the pilot and also served as an executive producer.
“We are pleased to announce THE SINNER as our first series pickup of 2017,” said Chris McCumber, President, USA Network. “The series’ unique perspective intrigued us from the very beginning, and Universal Cable Productions, Jessica Biel and the entire team behind and in front of the cameras have delivered something very special.”
“From the moment Dawn [Olmstead] brought in this provocative thriller, we knew that only an exceptional creative team would realize its full potential,” said Jeff Wachtel, President, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Jessica, Bill, Derek and Antonio take us on an unforgettable ride.”
Said Biel: “My partner, Michelle Purple, and I are so honored and excited to be producing powerful, raw material like THE SINNER. We strive to tell humanistic and emotionally moving stories; especially ones that put women at the epicenter. I have been lucky, as both actor and producer, to work with our immensely talented writer/creator Derek Simonds and can’t wait to see what the collaboration brings throughout the series. Mostly, I’m thrilled to introduce the world of THE SINNER to audiences with the tremendous support of our bold partners, Universal Cable Productions and USA.”
The first installment of the close-ended series follows a young mother (Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” — but the “why” — as an investigator (Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. Together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.
USA Network’s 2016/2017 pilot slate also includes DAMNATION, from executive producers Tony Tost (“Longmire”), James Mangold (“Walk the Line”), and Guymon Casady (“Game of Thrones”) and Daniel Rappaport (“Office Space”) on behalf of Entertainment 360, with the pilot directed and executive produced by David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”); UNSOLVED, a scripted true crime serial chronicling the police investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, directed by Emmy winner Anthony Hemmingway (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”); and THE TAP, from executive producers Andrew Lenchewski (“Royal Pains”), Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman of Reiner/Greisman (“The Bucket List”) and Charlie Ebersol of The Company (“The Profit”). Along with THE SINNER, all four pilots hail from Universal Cable Productions.
THE SINNER marks the first project to be picked up to series under Jessica Biel’s and Michelle Purple’s POD deal with Universal Cable Productions via their production company Iron Ocean.