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Showtime's The Curse - What We Know So Far

In December 2020, Deadline reported Showtime had greenlit the series "The Curse." The half-hour comedy is the brainchild of Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie, who serve as co-writers on the project. Fielder garnered a 2019 Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for a variety series for "Who Is America?" a political satire created by Sacha Baron Cohen. Safdie and his brother, Josh Safdie, will serve as an executive producers on the series. The pair share the Independent Spirit Award for best director for 2019's "Uncut Gems" (via The Hollywood Reporter).

While this is a return to a familiar format for Fielder, digging into the world of television will be new territory for Safdie, who is primarily a film director. There is no word yet on who will direct episodes of "The Curse," nor do we know how many episodes have been ordered for the half-hour project. For now, here's everything we know about Showtime's upcoming comedy series "The Curse," including the release date, cast, and plot.

What is the release date of Showtime's The Curse?

A release date for Showtime's "The Curse" has yet to be announced. The half-hour series has been in the works for a while, with Deadline reporting in February 2020 that Showtime had ordered the pilot. In Deadline's December 2020 update, it was revealed the pilot had yet to be shot. Now, almost a year later, news surrounding the production and potential release date for the series is scarce.

"The Curse" appears to be sluggishly moving forward, and Amy Israel, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks Inc., offered an effusive statement about the series in December 2020. "The fierce intelligence and wit of the incomparable Emma Stone make her the perfect partner with the ingenious minds of the Safdie brothers and the subversive comedy of Nathan Fielder. Together, they promise to deliver a groundbreaking satire that is both unexpected and deeply human."

Who is in the cast of Showtime's The Curse?

Deadline's first report on "The Curse" was made in February 2020. At that time, it was announced that, in addition to serving as writers for the half-hour series, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie would star in the Showtime project, too. Fielder will play one-half of a newly married couple who star on a home makeover show and whose relationship woes may result from a curse. He starred in Comedy Central's "Nathan for You" from 2013 to 2017, playing a socially awkward and somewhat inept entrepreneur. Fielder doesn't possess quite the same level of star power as Stone, but he's still a multi-faceted talent with a lengthy list of writing, producing, and directing credits.

Additionally, Safdie will play an HGTV show producer who works with the couple. Safdie is primarily known as a co-director (alongside his brother, Josh Safdie) on "Uncut Gems," "Good Time," and "Heaven Knows What." As an actor, he's notably appeared in Netflix's "Pieces of a Woman" and "Good Time" (via IMDb). Next up, he has an undisclosed role in Disney+'s "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series (via IndieWire).

Deadline's December 2020 update on "The Curse" informed readers that, in addition to serving as producer, Emma Stone would also star on the show. Although not explicitly stated by Deadline, it can be guessed the Oscar winner will play the wife of Fielder's character. For her next film, Stone is reteaming with "The Favourite" director Yorgos Lanthimos for "Poor Things," a Frankenstein-eque tale. Stone's last big-screen outing was as the titular character in Disney's live-action movie "Cruella." Her other film credits include "La La Land," "The Help," and "Easy A."

What is the plot of Showtime's The Curse?

So, what is "The Curse" about? Per Deadline's December 2020 report, the new Showtime project is a "genre-bending comedy explores" that shows "how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show." In a truly dark and comedic twist, the name of the couple's home makeover show is called "Flipanthropy." Now, there's no word on what exactly this curse entails or how it enters the lives of this couple. In true Sam Raimi fashion, do they run afoul of an old crone? Do they perhaps unearth an ancient relic? Do they believe they are victims of unlucky circumstances? Is the curse literal or merely figurative?

This television show had the potential to be reminiscent of Lifetime's dark twist of all things Bachelor Nation-related, "UnREAL," and we're very intrigued. Deadline's February 2020 report speculates the fictional couple (played by Nathan Fielder and, presumably, Emma Stone) bears at least a passing resemblance to Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack, the HGTV couple whose marriage dissolved while still filming their series "Flip or Flop." Also, the couple at the heart of Showtime's "The Curse" certainly sounds more like fellow HGTV alums Chip and Joanna Gaines, the reigning power couple of televised home renovations.