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Showtime Orders Drama ‘Purity’

Twenty Episodes to air Over a Two-Year Period

Showtime has announced the pick-up of a limited series called “Purity,” which is based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Franzen. The logline: The book, published last September, centers on Pip, a young American woman who does not know who she is, and Andreas Wolf (Daniel Craig), a charismatic German provocateur. He heads a South America-based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world where Pip gets an internship in search of her identity.

Twenty episodes of “Purity” have been ordered, which will air over the course of two years on Showtime. The television adaptation will be penned by Todd Field, who is also directing. Field will exec produce with Craig, Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, with the latter two also serving as writers on the series.

Production will begin in 2017.


Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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