Josh Hartnett Joins Southern Gothic Mystery Series at Spectrum/Paramount Network

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Josh Hartnett is returning to the small screen. 

The Penny Dreadful alum has landed a lead role on Spectrum/Paramount Network's Paradise Lost. 

The new series will air on Spectrum before getting a linear run on Paramount Network.

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Hartnett is attached as the male lead, with Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin) cast as Frances, the female lead.

Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time), Nick Nolte (Gracepoint, Graves), Gail Bean (Snowfall), Danielle Deadwyler (Gifted) and Shane McRae (Sneaky Pete) also join the cast of the 10-episode series. 

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The series is about a psychiatrist who moves with her family from California to her husband's hometown in Mississippi only to uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved. 

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The story was created and written by Rodes Fishburne (Blood & Oil) who will co-showrun and Executive Produce.

Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) also serves as writer and co-showrunner, and the pilot is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). 

Paradise Lost (working title) joins a scripted roster for Paramount Network headlined by Yellowstone, which returns for its second season on June 19 and was 2018's most watched new cable series, ranking second across all of cable TV series for the year (5.1 million total viewers per episode).

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Joining Yellowstone on the scripted front is the recently announced straight-to-series greenlight, 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, and the new Darren Star series, Emily in Paris starring Lily Collins. 

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As for Spectrum Originals, it recently launched Bad Boys spinoff, L.A.'s Finest, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union. 

A revival of Mad About You with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser reprising their roles from the original series is also in the works, along with a sequel to Manhunt: Unabomber. 

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"Paradise Lost is a complex, compelling series full of incredible characters, including the small town in Mississippi where it is set. We're excited to see John Lee Hancock bring this incredible world to life, building on the vision that Rodes Fishburne and Arika Lisanne Mittman have so vividly created," said Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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