Renee Zellweger coming to TV in true-crime limited series ‘The Thing About Pam’

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Two-time Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is coming to television in true-crime limited series called “The Thing About Pam.”

NBC has granted a straight-to-series pickup to “The Thing About Pam,” based on one of the most popular true-crime stories to come out of its venerable “Dateline” series and its companion podcast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger, who will also executive produce, will make her broadcast TV series debut in the six-episode series.

Zellweger will embark on her first regular role on a broadcast show with “The Thing About Pam,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. She starred in Netflix’s “What/If” in 2019. She won a best actress Oscar for “Judy,” which she portrayed Judy Garland, in 2020, adding to her illustrious list of cinema credits, including her Oscar-winning turn in “Cold Mountain,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Chicago,” the “Bridget Jones” franchise and more.

“The Thing About Pam” centers on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband was convicted of the crime but insistently proclaimed his innocence. His conviction was overturned, but the crime would set off a series of events that revealed a sinister plot involving Pam Hupp.

Zellweger will portray Hupp, who is serving a life sentence for a 2016 murder in Missouri. Along with being a focus of several “Dateline” episodes, Hupp’s story was told in a 2019 podcast of the same title.

“The Thing About Pam” is the first major scripted series for the network under Susan Rovner, who recently became chairwoman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal. The true-crime show comes from Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Zellweger’s Big Picture Co.

“When you think about what qualifies something as a ‘must watch,’ I’m not sure you could do any better than the undeniable trifecta of Renee Zellweger, Blumhouse and Dateline,” said Rovner, per The Hollywood Reporter. “The twists and turns of this saga are truly stranger than fiction, and in the hands of this incredibly talented artistic team, this series will bring a completely new perspective to a story that has already captivated millions.”

Blumhouse and NBC News Studios entered into a partnership last year to develop scripted series based on NBC News content.

“Similar to our acclaimed and award-winning crime series such as The Jinx and Sharp Objects, we see this opportunity to fuel viewers’ appetites for strong and compelling stories,” said Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “This opportunity to build a powerful, scripted franchise and work with the incomparable Renee Zellweger in her first starring role on broadcast TV, with a writer as gifted as Jessika Borsiczky and adapting material from the treasure troves of Dateline in partnership with our friends at NBC, is unparalleled. I couldn’t be more proud of the Blumhouse team for bringing it to fruition.”

Jessika Borsiczky (“House of Lies”) is writing and will serve as showrunner for “The Thing About Pam.”

“As someone who hasn’t missed an episode of Dateline in 10 years, what immediately stood out to me about Pam from other true crime stories is that while on its surface it has all the twists and turns of a thrilling whodunit murder mystery, it’s really a character story at its heart that reflects in a profound way the American landscape back to us,” Borsiczky said, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Borsiczky and Zellweger will executive produce “The Truth About Pam” with Blum,  Liz Cole (president of NBC News Studios and executive producer of “Dateline”), Noah Oppenheim (NBC News president), Carmella Casinelli, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold.


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