Renee Zellweger Lands Starring Role in NBC’s ‘The Thing About Pam’

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Renée Zellweger is set to lead NBC‘s latest true crime series. The Oscar-winning actress will star in The Thing About Pam, Deadline reports, an upcoming limited series that’s already been given a six-episode straight-to-series order.

Dateline NBC viewers may be familiar with The Thing About Pam, which was previously featured on Season 28 of the news program. The true-crime story looks back on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, a Missouri woman. While her husband, Russ, was eventually convicted in Faria’s murder, he maintained his innocence and insisted that he did not kill his wife. When Russ’s conviction was overturned, “the brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp (Zellweger),” per Deadline.

“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,” Blumhouse’s Jason Blum said. “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.”

Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content at NBCUniversal, added, “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. 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.”

The Thing About Pam comes from writer and showrunner Jessika Borsiczky, and executive producers Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, Borsiczky, Cole, Oppenheim, Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold. The upcoming NBC series is a collaboration between the network’s NBC News Studios, Blumhouse Television, and Zellweger’s production company, Big Picture Co., who will all produce The Thing About Pam.

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