Showtime just keeps getting better.
The network has given a pilot greenlight to “The Curse,” from directors/co-writers Benny and Josh Safdie and Nathan Fielder.
The half-hour comedy will follow the lives of a newly married couple who star in their own HGTV show, “Flipanthropy.” Their lives are upended when it’s discovered they’ve been cursed. Fielder will star as the husband, while Benny will play the producer of the home improvement show.
While the series is of course fictional and doesn’t outright cite any real-life inspirations, many have pointed out that its plot synopsis seems to describe Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead, the stars of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop.” Their success led to their demise; she cheated on him, they divorced, she remarried. It was quite the story!
Fielder is a comedian most known for his outrageous 21st century take on a prank show, “Nathan for You,” while the Safdie brothers are of course known for their 21st century masterpieces. Their 2017 crime drama film “Good Time,” wow’d critics at Cannes, as did their 2019 follow-up, “Uncut Gems,” which starred Adam Sandler in his best performance yet.
By Michael Jacobo