‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

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Tiya Sircar

Tiya Sircar, who has a recurring role on NBC’s hit series “The Good Place” and previously appeared on “The Mindy Project,” “Master of None” and the short-lived “Alex, Inc.,” has been picked as the lead in the upcoming Netflix feature “Good Sam.”

According to Deadline Hollywood, “Good Sam” is based on the mystery book series of the same name by Dete Meserve. Kate Melville (2012’s “Picture Day”) is directing from a script by Meserve and Teena Booth (Hallmark’s movie series “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries”).

Deadline Hollywood reports that the film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan – aka Good Sam – who has been anonymously leaving $100,000 cash gifts on the doorsteps of seemingly random New Yorkers (the book was set in Los Angeles). As interest in the incredible presents builds nationwide, the journalist seeks to unravel the identity of Good Sam and the reasons behind the enigmatic gifts.

Jesse Prupas of Muse Entertainment (“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries”) is producing the Netflix film with the author via her Wind Dancer Films, according to Deadline.

Hopefully, the movie will avoid the egregious ethical pitfalls so often seen when women journalists are depicted in film and television, including my least favorite, the whole sleeping-with-a-source trope. Sophie Gilbert’s excellent August column for The Atlantic explains in spot-on fashion how recent onscreen female reporter characters on “Sharp Objects,” “House of Cards” and the “Gilmore Girls” revival have dived head-long into “The Lazy Trope of the Unethical Female Journalist.”

-BAM

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