KIRBY HOWELL-BAPTISTE TO STAR IN CBS ALL ACCESS’ “WHY WOMEN KILL”
Howell-Baptiste to Star in the Female-Led Darkly Comedic Drama
Alongside Lucy Liu and Ginnifer Goodwin
March 11, 2019 – CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star in the service’s upcoming darkly comedic drama WHY WOMEN KILL. Howell-Baptiste joins previously announced cast members Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sam Jaeger, Reid Scott and Alexandra Daddario.
Created by Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”), WHY WOMEN KILL details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal... has not. WHY WOMEN KILL is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star as Taylor. Seen in 2018, Taylor is a fiercely intelligent, kick-ass woman, a lawyer, perfectly in control of her sensitive side when she chooses to display it. She is also very protective of her husband, who is content to play beta to her alpha. Described admiringly by her husband, Eli, she is “one hot feminist,” driven, impassioned, and very sexy. She’s also upfront about being bisexual, and she and Eli have an open marriage, which, so far, seems to be working.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s television credits include celebrated series “Killing Eve,” “The Good Place” and “Barry,” for which she was nominated for a 2019 SAG Award, as well as the upcoming season of “Veronica Mars” and the Blumhouse horror anthology series “Into the Dark.” Additional television credits include “Love,” “Downward Dog” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
Creator Marc Cherry will serve as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer (“Empire,” “Genius”) and Francie Calfo (“Empire,” “Genius”), and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb will also executive produce and is set to direct the series premiere and two additional episodes.
About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits – as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. CBS All Access’ original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, STRANGE ANGEL, TELL ME A STORY and NO ACTIVITY, as well as the upcoming reimagining of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, INTERROGATION, WHY WOMEN KILL and THE STAND. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and a new untitled “Star Trek” series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive’s other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
The service is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS app for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TVs and Amazon Channels. Versions of CBS All Access have now launched internationally in Canada and Australia (10 All Access), with unique but similar content and pricing plans. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit https://www.cbs.com/all-access.
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable, and streaming platforms. The Studio’s programming includes the phenomenally successful NCIS franchise; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; MADAM SECRETARY; JANE THE VIRGIN; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; the hit dramas SEAL TEAM, FBI, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, MACGYVER, MAGNUM P.I., THE CODE, BULL, INSTINCT AND ELEMENTARY; the popular comedy series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAN WITH A PLAN and FAM; CHARMED, DYNASTY and IN THE DARK for The CW; and the action-adventure drama BLOOD & TREASURE, which will make its debut in summer 2019.
The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the Emmy Award-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces THE GOOD FIGHT; STRANGE ANGEL; the streaming service’s first comedy series, NO ACTIVITY; WHY WOMEN KILL; INTERROGATION as well as the upcoming highly anticipated revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Additionally, as part of the expansion of the “Star Trek” universe, the Studio produces the Untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard; STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS; as well as the recently announced STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, which marks CBS All Access’ foray into the animation landscape. The Studio’s programming also includes series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, “Carpool Karaoke” for Apple Music and “Drop the Mic” for TBS, as well as “Insatiable,” “Unbelievable” and “Dead to Me” for Netflix. Additionally, the Studio produces the comedy anthology series “The Guest Book” for TBS; OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT and YOUR HONOR for SHOWTIME as well as “A Higher Loyalty,” a miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir.
About Imagine Television:
Imagine Television was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is run by Imagine Television Group Chairman, Francie Calfo. The company’s productions have been honored with 195 Emmy Nominations and 30 Golden Globe nominations. Current programming includes Fox’s award-winning series “Empire,” Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” and NatGeo’s “Mars” and “Breakthrough” series. Earlier productions include Fox's Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning Best Drama Series “24”; NBC’s Peabody Award winning series “Friday Night Lights”; Fox’s Emmy® award winning Best Comedy “Arrested Development”; Fox’s “Shots Fired”; Fox’s “Lie To Me”; CBS’s “Shark”; NBC’s “Miss Match”; WB's “Felicity”; ABC's “SportsNight”; and HBO's “From the Earth to the Moon”, which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Recently announced projects include “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” from The RZA and Alex Tse, “Swagger” from Kevin Durant and Reggie Rock Bythewood, and “Filthy Rich” with Tate Taylor. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit film comedies “Night Shift” and “Splash,” and continue to run Imagine as Executive Chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com
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