‘Hightown’ makes its highly-anticipated debut on Could 17. HL spoke with ‘Hightown’ creator Rebecca Cutter about casting Monica Raymund as Jackie, the ‘spark’ for the present, what to anticipate, and extra.

Hightown is undoubtedly going to be your subsequent TV obsession. The new STARZ sequence premieres Could 17 and follows a hard-partying Nationwide Marine Fisheries officer named Jackie Quinones, who stumbles upon a physique that washes ashore in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Jackie will get caught up within the homicide thriller whereas making an attempt to unravel the case on her personal. Within the midst of this quest, Jackie is battling her personal demons, together with a drug and alcohol habit. MeSlop talked with Hightown creator Rebecca Cutter about why Monica Raymund, greatest recognized for enjoying Gabby Dawson on Chicago Fireplace, was the right alternative for Jackie.

“She simply was Jackie. Once we talked, although she had so many similarities and even the place she wasn’t comparable, she was capable of faucet into the issues that she may relate to in regards to the character,” Rebecca instructed MeSlop in the course of the present’s digital press junket. “She was hungry for it. She actually needed a chance to point out that she may do one thing totally different than she had carried out earlier than. She actually was type of relentless and assured about it in a means that’s like Jackie. It’s fabulous. She was keen to come back in and skim for it. After the audition, we have been strolling off the lot. She mentioned, ‘Look, you recognize, you may rent whoever you need, however I’m Jackie Quinones.’ I simply assume that’s so horny, proper? So she’s all the time been the woman.”

Rebecca began penning this present in 2015 as a “ardour undertaking.” She admitted that she “didn’t run it by anybody. I simply wrote it by myself pondering this can by no means be on TV. It will simply be my pattern to get me my subsequent job.” Nevertheless, this ardour undertaking would quickly turn into a TV actuality. Rebecca revealed the inspiration for the sequence “comes from all totally different areas of my life. I grew up going to Cape Cod within the summers. I married a person from Cape Cod. My father in legislation’s a Fisheries Service agent. Dependancy and restoration is a part of my story, so all the weather have been there, however I feel the spark for the present was after I had type of an ‘Ah!’ second the place I noticed the character of Jackie Quinones in my head. I actually knew like that might be it. That’s a TV present.”

Jackie’s journey for solutions in regards to the homicide will impression her highway to sobriety all through the season. Rebecca famous that Jackie’s “obsession with medicine and alcohol switches to an obsession with discovering solutions.” These obsessions are “parallel journeys” and Jackie thinks that “fixing this case is similar as staying sober, however when she doesn’t do the work, then she will be able to’t keep sober. After which that messes up the case. These two tales all the time give and take with one another.”

As Jackie tries to unravel the homicide, so is Detective Ray Abruzzo, performed by James Badge Dale. Rebecca previewed what you may count on from Ray. “He’s very fascinating. I feel each of them are very comparable in that they each type of use folks and ladies, particularly, to get what they need,” Rebecca mentioned. “However I feel for those who ask both of them, they’d each say they’re doing the correct factor. I feel he actually thinks that he’s being ethical, whilst we would query it, and I feel he’s an actual lightning rod.”

‘Hightown’ creator Rebecca Cutter on set with Monica Raymund. (Courtesy of STARZ Leisure)

Jackie’s pal, Junior, additionally performs a major position within the sequence. Junior, performed by Shane Harper, is now sober and making an attempt to get his life again on observe. But it surely’s not that easy for Junior. “I’ve a particular place in my coronary heart for Junior,” Rebecca instructed MeSlop. “He’s a kind of characters who need the whole lot. He needs to get his household again. He needs to do the correct factor. He needs to be a very good man. He needs to be a very good father. However he doesn’t actually wish to quit the life-style that he’s been accustomed to and he doesn’t actually wish to change his path. He’s making an attempt to type of lead a double life, like a very good, straight dad man, after which additionally a little bit little bit of against the law character. I feel his season is about watching the crack because it will get larger and larger between these two lives.” Hightown will air Sundays at eight p.m. on STARZ.