Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger will star and executive produce NBC 6 episode limited series called “The Thing About Pam”.
The story is based on real-life events when in 2011 Betsy Faria was murdered and the story was featured on Dateline NBC. The upcoming show is a collaboration between 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 Renée Zellweger, Blumhouse and Dateline,” Susan Rovner said. “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.”
Jessika Borsiczky will serve as showrunner for “The Thing About Pam“, the story that is based on the murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband was convicted, although he always insisted that he did not kill her. Later in the investigation, Betsy’s husband was overturned because of events that exposed the scheme involving Pam Hupp, played by Zellweger.
“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 Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse.
“This opportunity to build a powerful, scripted franchise and work with the incomparable Renée 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.”
The case of Betsy Faria’s murder was examined on several episodes of Dateline and it became one of the most popular topics that aired on NBC newsmagazine. In 2019 it was made into Dateline podcast called “The Thing About Pam” and it still remains as one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes.
“As NBC News Studios continues to build upon an impressive track record only a year into our launch, we could not be more proud to work with this extraordinary team of collaborators on our first foray into scripted,” said Noah Oppenheim, President, NBC News.
Added Liz Cole, President, News Studios and Executive Producer of Dateline: “This story has resonated with audiences every time we’ve covered it. We’re thrilled to share it in a new way by collaborating with Renee and our incredible partners at Blumhouse and NBC.”
“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.
Who is involved in “The Thing About Pam” upcoming tv series?
Executive producers of the show:
- Carmella Casinelli
- Chris McCumber
- Jeremy Gold
Production companies that will be involved in the project:
- Blumhouse Television
- NBC News Studios
- Big Picture Co.
Dateline announced that Josh Duhamel will join Renee Zellweger as Joel Schwartz, Russ Faria’s defense attorney.
We will have to wait and see what other big names will appear in “The Thing About Pam” tv show.