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Bring on the Quirky, Pretty Boys

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | August 22, 2010 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | August 22, 2010 |


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Details are coming in on the pilot for Alan Ball's next series for HBO, All Signs of Death, loosely based on Charlie Huston's crime noir The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. Huston is penning the pilot script and the storyline description practically screams for a pretty, quirky boy:

"With his teaching career derailed by tragedy and his slacker days numbered, Webster Fillmore Goodhue makes an unlikely move and joins Clean Team, charged with tidying up L.A.'s grisly crime scenes. For Web, it's a steady gig, and he soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide's brains from a bathroom mirror and flirting with the man's bereaved and beautiful daughter. Then things get weird: The dead man's daughter asks a favor. Every cell in Web's brain tells him to turn her down, but something makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can. Soon enough it's Web who needs the help when gun-toting California cowboys start showing up on his doorstep. What's the deal? Is it something to do with what he cleaned up in that motel room in Carson? Or is it all about the brewing war between rival trauma cleaners? Web doesn't have a clue, but he'll need to get one if he's going to keep from getting his face kicked in. Again. And again. And again."

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that British actor Ben Whishaw (Bright Star, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) has landed the lead. He's joined by Mercedes Masohn ((Quarantine 2: Terminal), Clayne Crawford (Starbuck's idiot ex from 24), Jeremy Ray Valdez (The Obama Effect), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (Predators), Kelsey Ford (Vampires Suck) and Ron Yuan (Prison Break).

I like that Ball is pairing mostly lesser-known actors with Whishaw; it allows us to get pulled into the new story without being distracted by big names or famous faces. Well, mostly undistracted - I mean, the boy is pretty:

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