Do you like Ryan Murphy shows like Glee or American Horror Story? How about that gorgeous actress from Fringe? Jennifer Jason Leigh? Or HBO dramas, do you like those? Lesbians? Lesbians having sex? Yoga? Wes Bentley, the guy with the super-bitchin' facial hair in Hunger Games?
Basically if you said yes to any of those things, you're going to want to hear about the HBO pilot Open from Ryan Murphy. Fringe's Anna Torv just landed a role in what's being described as "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships," and based on what's been released so far about the premise, cast, and crew, this potential new show sounds MIGHTY intriguing.
Open is written by Ryan Murphy and Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, and Glee/American Horror Story's Dante Di Loreto will executive produce. Anna Torv will play Windsor, a yoga instructor in a long-term relationship with Holly (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an actress intensely committed to her career. When Windsor meets Grace, the wife of Jonathan (Scott Speedman), she feels an instant connection. Grace (a part that has not yet been cast) is described as a gynecologist who's confused about her sexuality after a tryst with Windsor.
Hunger Games alum Wes Bentley also plays Evan, "an arrogant blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality."
The specific details of the plot and characters remain secret, but Open is being called "a multi-character exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy, and intimacy in relationships."
HBO president Michael Lombardo has praised the Open script, saying,
I was hooked. I think it is a perfect marriage of an idea and execution. This is an area we’ve been talking about doing something in for some time, and Ryan did it in a way that is enormously engaging.
As for Murphy, he says HBO is the perfect home for the would-be series:
I’m thrilled about it. They have great projects, and this is really an adult show that is very frank in its depiction of sex.
No word on when the Open pilot will make it to the small screen, but filming is set to begin this fall. It definitely sounds like it has potential, doesn't it? The Dexter/American Horror Story pedigree has my interest, and love Ryan Murphy or hate him, he's definitely a talented guy who has the ability to deliver challenging and innovative television (... at least for the first season or two). (SORRY.)
Plus, Wes Bentley. Mmmmmmmmm.
What do you think of Open so far? Will you watch it?
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