Amazon is working to continue building their impressive collection of original television content by adding zombie comedy Sea Oak and casting Emmy winning Glenn Close in the lead role.
Close will play Aunt Bernie, a meek and unmarried woman in Rust Belt City who dies during a home invasion. Being unhappy with the way her life turned out keeps her from completely dying. She wills herself back to life as a rage-filled revenge seeking zombie determined to achieve the good life that she missed as a blue-collar living human. Bernie returns to what is left of her nuclear family, which includes a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces, who live in a low-end subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Once there, she demands they help her reach her goal.
The series is written by George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and is executive produced by Jonathon Krauss with Affiliated Pictures. Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane will co-executive produce.
This will be Close’s first regular series role since FX’s Damages, where she won two Emmys for lead actress in a drama. She has won three Tony Awards for roles including The Real Ting, Death and the Maiden, and Sunset Boulevard. Some of her big screen appearances are Fatal Attraction, The Natural, and The Big Chill.