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Showtime Set For Drama ‘American Rust’ With Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Preview

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Jeff Daniels, who recently voiced the late American author Ernest Hemingway for PBS and producers Ken Burns and Lynn Novik, is set to star in Showtime’s drama American Rust and actor Maura Tierney.

The nine-episode dramatic series will begin in September of 2021.

Today Showtime sent TV Shows Ace a preview of the first look teaser of the series co-produced with Boat Rocker Studios. Based on Philipp Meyer’s celebrated debut novel American Rust, the series is written and executive produced by Oscar nominee Dan Futterman.

About American Rust

American Rust is the latest drama series for Showtime, starring Emmy winner and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels and Emmy nominee Maura Tierney.

The series also stars Bill Camp, David Alvarez, Alex Neustaedter, Julia Mayorga,  Mark Pellegrino, and Rob Yang.

The nine-episode series is slated to debut on Sunday, September 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The Showtime series, currently in production in Pittsburgh, is co-produced with Boat Rocker Studios.  Daniels also executive produces the series, reteaming with Oscar nominee and showrunner Dan Futterman. The series is executive produced by Futterman, Daniels, Michael De Luca,  Adam Rapp, Paul Martino, Katie O’Connell Marsh for Boat Rocker Studios, and Elisa Ellis.

The New York Times book review described Daniels’ character, Del Harris, as the “moral center” of the original book’s premise:

Appealing as these characters are, the real moral center of “American Rust” is the local police chief, Harris, a kind, decent man, who realizes that Buell’s “Mayberry days” are over but still tries to bring a neighborly sense of compassion to his job, cutting people a break here and there, trying to see the best in them rather than the worst. Harris, who has been dating Grace on and off for years, once kept Billy out of jail on an assault case and now finds himself torn between his desire to help his longtime lover’s son and his suspicion that Billy is indeed guilty, that the boy is a magnet for trouble.

Logline for the series

Showtime says:

Based on Philipp Meyer’s celebrated debut novel, AMERICAN RUST is a compelling family drama and a timeless story of wanting a brighter future while being held prisoner by the past. The story of survival and transcendence is told through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Daniels) of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town full of good people making bad choices. When news of a murder rips through the town, Harris must decide what lengths he is willing to take to protect the son of the woman he loves (Tierney).

Watch the premiere on Sunday, September 12 at 10/9c on SHOWTIME.

April Neale

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