Following in the footsteps of her Pulitzer Prize-winning father, Zosia Mamet has penned a new television series for Refinery29. Co-created with husband Evan Jonigkeit (Joe Swanberg’s “Easy”), “Fabled” is an anthology series that upends classic fairy tales by giving them a feminist bent. The first episode of the series, titled “Anodyne,” sees Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” crossing paths with Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. In a newly released first trailer, the women appear to be at some kind of 30-day rehab program, perhaps for mental illness.
In addition to Mamet and Jonigkeit, “Fabled” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Cloverfield Paradox”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), and Broadway headliner Norbert Leo Butz. Butz plays a therapist at the palatial looking facility. “We don’t want you to feel like a prisoner here, we want you to feel better,” he says. “It says here you spend time in another world, let’s talk about that.”
“Alex Gayner, Zosia, and I developed the idea from there by picking apart the gender roles of these childhood stories,” Jonigkeit told Entertainment Weekly. “Men and women both need to do their part in helping equality become the norm, and we all saw the world of Fabled as an opportunity to help to do that in a small way, through storytelling.”
Check out the trailer for “Fabled” below.