HBO may consider a proposed comedy series starring Annette Bening. The series, called ‘The Third Coast,’ would be centered around Bening as a “larger-than-life casting director” living in New Mexico.
Jay Roach and Paul Rudnick will executive produce the series. Roach (who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico) has directed the successful ‘Austin Powers’ sequels, and has formed a relationship with HBO after producing and directing two HBO political dramas—‘Game Change’ last year, and ‘Recount’ in 2008. Paul Rudnick is a screenwriter and playwright who wrote the 1997 Kevin Kline vehicle ‘In & Out.’
Bening had a stand-out role opposite John Cusack in the 1990 film ‘The Grifters.’ She received a Best Actress nomination for her work in 1999’s Best Picture, ‘American Beauty.’ In both roles, Bening pulled off moments of intensity and aggression, which her “larger-than-life” character may require for this role.
New Mexico is a growing area for filming movies and television. For instance, A&E’s ‘Longmire’ currently films in New Mexico, even though it is set in Wyoming.
While not much is known about the premise of ‘The Third Coast’ other than the description above, we could speculate that Bening might be a Hollywood outsider living as a big fish in a small pond; or Bening’s character may have formerly lived on the West coast and now has a strained relationship with some former friends and colleagues.
We can only wait and see if HBO decides to pick up this comedy series.