Courteney Cox to Star in Pilot For Starz Haunted House Comedy Shining Vale

Courteney Cox at AFI’s Lifetime Achievement gala.
Courteney Cox at AFI’s Lifetime Achievement gala.
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Okay, this seems fun: Starz is in the midst of producing a new horror-comedy called Shining Vale, about a tortured author taking up residence in a haunted house. And Courteney Cox of Friends fame has been tapped to star.

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As reported by Collider, the series will star Cox as Patricia “Pat” Phelps, a recovering addict who hits it big writing about her troubled youth. After becoming a majorly successful author, Phelps has trouble working on a followup and ends up seeking out a change in scenery that takes her and her family to a house in the suburbs where horrific atrocities were committed.

Written by Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and directed by Dearbhla Walsh (The Handmaid’s Tale), Shining Vale seems like a fun time. Cox has done jokey horror before in the ‘90s with Scream, and she’s a great actress. And, frankly, with the ascendance of Haunting of Hill House and the general popularity of creepy-place horror, a more satirical take on that style is a compelling idea. Plus, with Santa Clarita Diet canceled, our appetites for horror-comedy are left woefully unsated. Though one hopes that Starz’s poor track record with some of its genre shows won’t show up here.

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No time was given for when the pilot will be filming, but if it’s picked up then we’ll likely be seeing it on Starz sometime within the next year.


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Evil Lincoln

Starz certainly had a fun horror comedy ride with Ash vs Evil Dead. This does not sound quite as fun but maybe encountering a haunted house with Courtney Cox and her angsty family would be more fun than it sounds