Abbott Also Serves as Writer and Executive Producer, Along with Gina Fattore

Series Is Co-Produced By UCP and Netflix in association with Film 44 and Stars Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly

Executive Produced by ‘Friday Night Lights’’ Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44, Academy Award®-Nominee Steph Green Directed the Pilot

NEW YORK, NY -- January 28, 2019 – USA Network announced a series pickup for DARE ME from UCP in association with Film 44. Based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Californication”), DARE ME is an unflinching exploration of teen angst, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) and Michael Lombardo of Film 44, Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt executive produce. Netflix will co-produce and have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.

Peering behind the all-American facade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading. It follows the fraught relationship between two best friends (Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly) after a new coach (Willa Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence. While the girls’ friendship is put to the test, their young lives are changed forever when a shocking crime rocks their quiet suburban world. Part coming-of-age story, part small-town drama, part murder mystery, DARE ME exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead. Academy Award®-nominated director Steph Green (“The Americans”) directed and executive produced the pilot.

“Megan Abbott’s voice brings a fresh perspective to USA Network, with a gripping, female-focused story that combines the ultra-competitive world of high school cheerleading with the secrets of a seemingly-perfect small American town,” said Chris McCumber, President, USA Network and SYFY.

DARE ME stars Fitzgerald (“Scream: The TV Series”) as Coach Colette French, Herizen Guardiola (“The Get Down”) as Addy Hanlon and Marlo Kelly (“Home & Away”) as Beth Cassidy. Additional series regulars include Rob Heaps (“Imposters”), Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Paul Fitzgerald (“Veep,” “Glow,” “Younger”). Joyful Drake (“Let’s Stay Together”), Tammy Blanchard (“Tallulah,” “Into the Woods”), Antonio J. Bell (“Nigerian Prince”) and Alison Thornton (“Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”) are also set to recur.


About USA Network

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About UCP:

UCP is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering original programming with partners such as Amazon (Golden Globe nominated “Homecoming”), Netflix (“The Umbrella Academy”), Hulu (“The Act”) and YouTube (“Impulse”). In addition, UCP produces high-caliber content for NBCUniversal cable networks, including Bravo (“Dirty John”), USA (the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” the Golden Globe nominated “The Sinner,” “The Purge” and “Suits”) and SYFY (“Happy!,” and “The Magicians”) UCP’s content library also features 800 hours of award-winning and critically-acclaimed content, including the Emmy-winning “Monk,” the Peabody and Hugo Award-winning “Battlestar Galactica” and the Emmy nominated “Psych.”


About Film 44:

Founded and led by acclaimed filmmaker, Peter Berg and his partner, former HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo, Film 44 is a production company known for developing and producing a diverse slate of powerful scripted entertainment. Film 44 champions authentic unflinching stories with heart, grit and integrity. Since its inception, Film 44 has successfully captivated audiences across film and television with projects including Patriots Day, Hell or High Water, Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights (both film and television series) and HBO’s Ballers and The Leftovers.

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