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Courteney Cox shares first look at new dark comedy Shining Vale

Shining Vale airs on 6 March

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca LewisReporterLos Angeles
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Courteney Cox has shared a new look at her upcoming TV show Shining Vale, and it's a world away from the comedy Friends. Courteney stars as Patricia Phelps, an author who moves her family to an abandoned house in a small town from the big city as she battles depression and a midlife crisis.

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But no one in her family - neither her husband nor her children - seem to acknowledge that the house itself is haunted, leaving Pat convinced she may be going mad. In the short clip, Pat and her husband - played by Greg Kinnear - are seen viewing their new house, with Pat sharing that she hopes being in the countryside will inspire her and that she'll be using the attic as her "writing annex".

WATCH: First look at Courteney Cox's new show Shining Vale

But Pat finds herself on the backfoot when the realtor calls her books "lady porn", and when she admits she finds the house "chilly" and wonders if it's always cold in the property, the realtor jokes that the building is "just not used to people being inside her".

Pat wears a comfortable black sweater and pants, with old sneakers as she wraps up warm in a black overcoat, but the colors are in stark contrast to her husband who rocks a pale blue sweater.

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The realtor who stands out in the old mansion in a yellow-patterned pantsuit.

The tone of the show appears to be part gothic horror and part dark comedy; Sharon Horgan, the creator behind Catastrophe, is the showrunner.


Courteney stars as an author who needs a muse

The synopsis reads: "A former 'wild child' who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women's empowerment novel... Pat is now clean and sober 17 years later but totally unfulfilled.

"Buying a 200-year-old house that was on the market for almost three years and sold for more than $250K below asking seemed like a good idea on paper, but Pat senses that the Phelps are not alone; especially when an old-fashioned-looking woman appears hovering outside their family room window."

The new comedy will be released on STARZ on 6 March in the US and Canada.

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