‘Briarpatch’ Will Turn The “Dead Girl” Trope on Its Head – TCA

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‘Briarpatch’ Will Turn The “Dead Girl” Trope on Its Head – TCA
Capping today’s TV adaption trend at TCA the day’s last panel centered on another adaptation: USA Network’s Briarpatch, a 10-episode anthology series adapted from the Ross Thomas novel by the same name.

The series, which premieres February 6, is set in a fictional Texas border town and follows Allegra Dill (Rosario Dawson) as she returns to her hometown to search for her sister’s killer.

Dawson appeared on today’s panel with cast members Jay R. Ferguson and Kim Dickens, as well as Ep/showrunner Andy Greenwald, a former TV critic. Greenwald said he wanted to blend humor and suspense to create a “hot noir,” or a “classic story heated up for a new era.”

In the book, the lead character is a man, and while recasting Dill as a woman breaks stereotypes, the panel was
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