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On Becoming A God in Central Florida

On Becoming a God
in Central Florida
GenreComedy
Created by
  • Robert Funke
  • Matt Lutsky
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42-48 minutes
Production
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseAugust 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) -
present (present)
External links
Website

On Becoming a God in Central Florida is an American dark comedy television series created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky that premiered on August 25, 2019, on Showtime. The series stars Kirsten Dunst and is set in the early 1990s.

On September 26, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[1]

Plot

Krystal Stubbs is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee in Greater Orlando who schemes her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise, a cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar multi-level marketing / pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.[2]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Stinker Thinker"Charlie McDowellRobert Funke & Matt LutskyAugust 16, 2019 (2019-08-16) (online)
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) (Showtime)
0.173[4]
Krystal struggles with her husband's devotion to becoming successful in the Founders American Merchandise system. He wrestles with leaving his regular job to devote more time to the system. His unwavering faith in the program has a dramatic effect on his young family.
2"The Gloomy-Zoomies"Jeremy PodeswaRobert FunkeAugust 16, 2019 (2019-08-16) (online)
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) (Showtime)
0.138[4]
3"A Positive Spin!"Rose TrocheMatt LutskySeptember 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)0.216[5]
4"Manifest Destinee"Rodman FlenderPamela DavisSeptember 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)0.235[6]
5"Many Masters"Daniel ScheinertMike GoldbachSeptember 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)0.216[7]
6"American Merchandise"Julie Anne RobinsonCarlos RiosSeptember 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)0.185[8]
7"Flint Glass"Matt SpicerEsta SpaldingSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)0.214[9]
8"Birthday Party"So Yong KimRobert Funke & Matt LutskyOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)0.161[10]
9"Wham Bam Thank You FAM"Tricia BrockStory by : Pamela Davis
Teleplay by : Jessica Blaire and Stephanie Riggs
October 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)0.132[11]
10"Go Getters Gonna Go Getcha"Charlie McDowellRobert Funke & Matt Lutsky & Esta SpaldingOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)0.179[12]

Production

Development

On January 6, 2017, it was reported that AMC was developing the production. The series was created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky who also wrote the pilot episode and were set to executive produce for the series alongside Kirsten Dunst, Yorgos Lanthimos, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov. Lanthimos was also set to direct. Production companies involved with the series were expected to include Smokehouse Pictures, TriStar Television, and AMC Studios.[13][14]

On June 25, 2018, it was announced that the production had moved to YouTube Premium, which had given it a series order for a first season consisting of 10 episodes. It was further reported that Esta Spalding and Charlie McDowell had joined the series as executive producers. Spaulding is also set to serve as showrunner and McDowell is set to direct, replacing Lanthimos as executive producer and director.[2][15][16]

On June 17, 2019, it was announced that Showtime, which had acquired the series from TriStar, would air the series instead of YouTube and that it would premiere on August 25, 2019.[17]

Casting

Alongside the initial development announcement, it was confirmed that Kirsten Dunst would star in the series.[13] On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Théodore Pellerin had been cast in a lead role.[18] On September 14, 2018, it was reported that Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez, and Beth Ditto had joined the cast in series regular roles and that Usman Ally would appear on a recurring basis.[19] On October 5, 2018, it was announced that Julie Benz had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[20] On November 28, 2018, it was reported that Melissa De Sousa would appear in a recurring role.[21]

Filming

Principal photography for the series commenced in October 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[18] On October 8, 2018, filming took place in Westwego, Louisiana.[22]

Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 84% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 7.47/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it loses a bit of narrative steam, On Becoming a God in Central Florida proves a clever and absurd satire that will make you want to buy whatever Kirsten Dunst is selling."[23] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

References

  1. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 26, 2019). "'On Becoming a God in Central Florida' Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime". Variety. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 25, 2018). "YouTube Orders Kirsten Dunst-Starring Dark Comedy Series From George Clooney, Grant Heslov & TriStar Television". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "On Becoming a God in Central Florida - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (August 27, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.25.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 4, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.1.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 10, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.8.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 17, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.15.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 24, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.22.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 1, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.29.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 8, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.6.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 15, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.13.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 22, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.20.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2017). "Kirsten Dunst To Topline Dark Comedy Series From George Clooney, Grant Heslov & 'The Lobster' Helmer in Works at AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Stanhope, Kate (January 6, 2018). "Kirsten Dunst and George Clooney Team for Dark Comedy at AMC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Nemetz, Dave (June 25, 2018). "Kirsten Dunst '90s-Set Comedy Lands at YouTube With 10-Episode Order". TVLine. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 25, 2018). "Kirsten Dunst-Led Dark Comedy From Producer George Clooney Scores Series Order at YouTube Premium". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 17, 2019). "Showtime Picks Up 'On Becoming A God in Central Florida' Series Starring Kirsten Dunst in Turnaround From YouTube". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (August 28, 2018). "Theodore Pellerin Joins Kirsten Dunst YouTube Premium Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 14, 2018). "Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto & Usman Ally Cast in YouTube Series 'On Becoming A God in Central Florida'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2018). "'On Becoming A God in Central Florida': Julie Benz To Recur in YouTube's Dark Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (November 28, 2018). "'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists' Casts Garrett Wareing; Melissa de Sousa Joins 'On Becoming A God In Central Florida'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Steves, Ashley (September 26, 2018). "Now Casting: 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida' With Kirsten Dunst Has a Role for an Animal Control Worker + 3 More Gigs". Backstage. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2019.

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