Dead to Me and New Girl creator Rebecca Addelman penned the screenplay for “Guilty Party.” Trent O’Donnell directs it. And he’s a supervising producer. Executive producers include Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller, Joe Farrell, Jim Ziegler, and Mike Farah, with Becca Kinskey co-producing. If not for the COVID-19 epidemic, the “Guilty Party” may have been released sooner, but because of that, Isla Fisher backed out of both parts due to virus outbreak fears. It’s now planned for a fall 2021 release after filming began in Calgary, Canada, early this year.
Kate Beckinsale will replace Isla Fisher in “Guilty Party” with attorney Beth Baker in December 2020. According to Deadline, six new performers joined the ensemble in March of this year. Marco is played by Geoff Stultz; Toni is played by Jules Latimer; Alanna plays Alenu Bach; George plays Laurie Davidson, and Wyatt portrays Andre Hyland. In addition, Madeleine Arthur portrays Amber, Marnie Madden portrays B. Jackson, Wesley MacInnes portrays Pierre, Olunike Adeliyi portrays Yvette, Helen Hayden portrays Donna. Finally, Brittany Adebumola depicts Chevonne, completing the ensemble.
Guilty Party’s narrative reads rather like a drama than a black comedy. Beckinsale plays Beth Baker, a disgraced reporter who tries to rehabilitate her image by reporting Toni Plimpton, a woman who says to have been wrongly accused of murdering her spouse and is currently in jail. Paramount+’s official synopsis reveals that “Beth soon finds herself in well over her head as she battles Colorado gun-traffickers, clickbait culture, marriage stagnation, and her tainted background.”
The series will be centred around Toni and Beth’s relationship. According to “Guilty Party,” which was part of a TCA panel, this series will investigate the cliché of a “white saviour”. Rebecca Addelman, the show’s creator, says: “Taking on the idea that white saviour-ism and presenting what may first seem to be stereotypical characters and developing them into very real and layered protagonists that evolve into totally unexpected boundary-breaking areas were a very deliberate decision to make of the show’s creators. A surprising emotional depth is reached in the Toni-Beth relationship.”