WE tv is taking another shot at an original scripted series with the supernatural thriller, “South of Hell,” which stars Mena Suvari in the lead role as Maria Abascal, a reluctant exorcist for hire with her very own demon living inside of her, named Abigail. The series also stars Lamman Rucker, Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, and Paulina Singer, with recurring cast members Lauren Velez, Lydia Hearst and Slate Holmgren.
The network (known mostly for its many reality TV shows) has announced what it calls a “Black Friday Binge Event” for November 27th, when audiences will be able to watch the entire series – eight, one-hour episodes. The premiere episode will be directed by Eli Roth.
Synopsis: Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.
Lamman Rucker stars as Reverend Elijah Bledsoe, who, according to the press release, is a priest with a strong attraction to and interest in Maria, and father to Grace, played by Paulina Singer, his bi-racial daughter who has experienced extraordinary emotional trauma. Based on the below trailer, it looks like he plays a significant role in the narrative.
“As we forge a path in scripted programming, we are committed to telling great stories featuring complex characters that our viewers can connect with,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president. “’South of Hell'” is a supernatural thriller that offers audiences a fresh and contemporary take on this genre – one that’s becoming increasingly popular. Led by the amazing Mena Suvari, our talented and diverse cast will bring this story to life.”
“South of Hell” is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television and was written by Matt Lambert.
James Manos, Jr. (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “The Sopranos”) is executive producer and showrunner.