High Desert
GenreComedy
Created by
Written by
  • Nancy Fichman
  • Katie Ford
  • Jennifer Hoppe-House
Directed byJay Roach
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Patricia Arquette
  • John Cameron
  • Jackie Cohn
  • Nancy Fichman
  • Katie Ford
  • Michelle Graham
  • Jennifer Hoppe-House
  • Tom Lassally
  • Molly Madden
  • Jay Roach
  • Ben Stiller
  • Nicky Weinstock
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkApple TV+

High Desert is an upcoming comedy television series created and written by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford and Jennifer Hoppe-House that is set to premiere on Apple TV+. It was originally ordered at Apple in September 2020.

Premise

The series follows Peggy (Arquette), an addict, who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California. She makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.

Matt Dillon will play Denny, Peggy’s ex, and an undeniably charming parolee and a relentless operator. Friend will play Guru Bob, a local ex-anchorman, who, after a trauma, rebrands himself as a mystic desert personality. Opia stars as Carol, Peggy’s closest friend — the bored fiancé of an ER doctor, and a permissive new stepmother — who has a secret of her own. Garrett plays Bruce, a private investigator whose business is circling the drain, and who becomes Peggy’s reluctant employer. Peters will recur as Rosalyn, Peggy’s complicated mother. Taylor recurs as Dianne, Peggy’s buttoned-up sister, who tries to make order of Peggy’s chaos


Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected by [1]Written by [2]Original release date
1TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie FordTBA
2TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA
3TBAJay RoachJennifer HoppeTBA
4TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA
5TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA
6TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA
7TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA
8TBAJay RoachNancy Fichman & Katie Ford & Jennifer HoppeTBA

Production

The series, created by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford and Jennifer Hoppe-House, was given a greenlight in September 2020 by Apple TV+, with Patricia Arquette set to star in the series as well as executive produce along with Ben Stiller, who was set to direct the first episode.[3]

In November 2021, Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend, Weruche Opia and Brad Garrett were added to the main cast of the series, with Bernadette Peters and Christine Taylor cast in recurring roles. Stiller would no longer be directing the first episode, as Jay Roach had joined the series to direct all eight episodes.[1]

Filming began by November 2021 in Long Beach, California.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b White, Peter (November 2, 2021). "Matt Dillon & Rupert Friend Set Among Cast Of Apple Comedy Series 'High Desert'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ "High Desert (2021-2022)". Writers Guild of America West. April 7, 2022. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  3. ^ White, Peter (September 22, 2021). "Patricia Arquette To Star In Apple TV+ Half-Hour Comedy 'High Desert', Latest Collaboration With Ben Stiller; Apple Studios To Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  4. ^ Grobaty, Tim (November 13, 2021). "Queen Mary takes on the role of a ship (that works) in a pair of TV shows". Long Beach Post. Retrieved 18 November 2021.