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Catherine Zeta-Jones To Star In Facebook's First Original Comedy Series

Queen America, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, comprises 10 half-hour episodes, and will debut on Facebook's relatively new video platform Watch

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:May 7, 2018, 12:16 PM IST
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Catherine Zeta-Jones To Star In Facebook's First Original Comedy Series
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British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy Queen America, the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content.

The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for Chicago, confirmed her jump to the small screen -- fittingly -- in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline. "So excited about my next project!" wrote Zeta-Jones. "I think you're going to love it!"

Queen America takes a look at the cut-throat world of beauty pageants in America. Zeta-Jones stars as ruthless coach Vicki Ellis, who is in high demand from girls and women hoping to be the next Miss America. The 10 half-hour episodes will debut on Facebook's relatively new video platform Watch, according to Deadline.

In September, Facebook debuted Strangers. Then in late April, it launched Skam Austin, an adaptation of a Norwegian program. It also has ordered a half-hour dramedy series starring US actress Elizabeth Olsen. But snapping up Zeta-Jones -- who is also a Tony winner for A Little Night Music -- indicates a turning point for the world's largest social network in its efforts to offer original content to its two billion users.

Last year, Zeta-Jones played Olivia de Havilland in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan. Facebook did not respond to AFP requests for further comment on the project.
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