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Apple TV+ Announces Comedy ‘High Desert’

Apple today announced a series order for “High Desert,” a new, comedic half-hour series to be produced by Apple Studios that will star Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “The Act”), who will also executive produce. The project reunites Arquette with DGA Award-winner Ben Stiller (“Escape at Dannemora”), who will direct the first episode and executive produce through Red Hour Films alongside Nicky Weinstock.  Molly Madden and Tom Lassally executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts Entertainment. The logline: “High Desert” follows Peggy (Arquette), a former addict, who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator. 

“High Desert” is created and written by Nancy Fichman (“Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), Katie Ford (“Miss Congeniality” films) and Jennifer Hoppe (“Grace and Frankie,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), who will also serve as executive producers.  

“High Desert” marks Apple’s second partnership with Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller following the series order for “Severance,” an upcoming workplace thriller starring and executive produced by Arquette and Adam Scott, and directed and executive produced by Stiller.