DIRECTV Orders Drama Series from Playwright Neil LaBute

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 17 (UPI)--DIRECTV said Wednesday it has ordered 10 episodes of "Full Circle," an original U.S. drama series from playwright and screenwriter Neil LaBute.

LaBute's credits include "Your Friends and Neighbors," "The Shape of Things," "In the Company of Men" and "Possession."

"Full Circle" marks his television series debut. In addition to creating the show, he also will serve as its writer and co-executive producer.

Production is to begin in early summer and the series is scheduled to air on DIRECTV's Audience channel in the fall.

The series "examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations [among] 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined," a synopsis said.

"We are thrilled that our quest to provide our customers with exclusive, original and daring programming led Audience to 'Full Circle' and Neil LaBute," Chris Long, DIRECTV's senior vice president of entertainment and production, said in a statement. "In dissecting how closely connected we all are, 'Full Circle' will take viewers on a journey that will traverse the full range of human emotion. I know the series will flourish under the stewardship of Neil and [producer] Nick Hamm."

"I am always interested in pushing the boundaries of entertainment and I'm very lucky to find kindred spirits in both Nick Hamm at [production company] Momentum and the folks at DIRECTV," LaBute said. "They have all taken a chance on 'Full Circle,' which features an unconventional structure and a revolving cast of characters -- it's a pleasure to work with people who believe that it's still possible to marry artistic quality with audience appeal. I'm really excited to create some quality television with these forward-thinking colleagues of mine."

Casting has not yet been announced.


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