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‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ debuts on Showtime in August

‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ debuts on Showtime in August
Kirsten Dunst as Krystal Stubbs in 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida,' debuting in August on Showtime. (Courtesy of SHOWTIME / Courtesy photo)

What was YouTube’s is now Showtime’s.

The premium cable channel has picked up “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a nine-episode series starring Kirsten Dunst of the series “Fargo.”

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The one-hour show — which did not film in Central Florida but in Louisiana — will debut at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

Showtime announced the acquisition from YouTube and the scheduling Monday. The show originally started at AMC before shifting to YouTube.

“We were immediately drawn to this stylish and subversive female empowerment story starring Kirsten Dunst as you’ve never seen her before,” said Gary Levine, president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “Throw in clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators, and we’re confident Showtime audiences will find ‘On Becoming a God’ irresistible.”

Showtime described the series as “a darkly comedic story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream.”

The show is set in 1992 in a small town near Orlando. Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, a water park employee who infiltrates the Founders American Merchandise (FAM), a pyramid scheme that ruined her.

Ted Levine plays the leader of FAM. The series also stars Théodore Pellerin as a loyal FAM follower, Mel Rodriguez as Krystal’s water-park boss and Beth Ditto as the boss’ wife.

The cast also features Emmy-winner Alexander Skarsg?rd, Oscar-winner Mary Steenburgen, Sharon Lawrence, Usman Ally, Julie Benz, Melissa De Sousa, John Earl Jelks, Josh Fadem and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

The series was created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, who are also executive producers.

“On Becoming a God” is produced by Sony’s TriStar Television. Other executive producers are Dunst; George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures; Charlie McDowell, who directed the pilot; and Esta Spalding (“Masters of Sex”), who also serves as showrunner.

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