CLAWS - TNT
Set in a Central Florida nail salon and featuring an ensemble cast headed by Niecy Nash, "Claws" is slated to premiere Sunday, June 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) across TNT's platforms. Twitter will then stream an encore of the premiere episode at 10 pm. (ET), marking the platform's first ever streaming of a basic cable drama. Fans on Twitter in the United States will be able to access the stream and a curated timeline of show-related Tweets by going to claws.twitter.com, as well as via the @ClawsTNT Twitter handle.
The dark comedy, executive produced by Rashida Jones, follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures.
At the center is salon owner Desna (played by Niecy Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (played by Harold Perrineau). Desna's staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna's enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job. Adding chaos to the Nail Artisan mix is Roller (Jack Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna's nail salon to launder their obscene profits; Bryce (Kevin Rankin), Jennifer's husband who is also newly sober and trying to stay legit by working as an abundance coach; and Dr. Ken Brickman (Jason Antoon), a bona fide doctor at a decidedly un-bona fide and illegal drug clinic.
Janine Sherman Barrois is executive producer and serves as showrunner for "Claws."
Will McCormack is an executive producer as well.
The 10-episode first season for "Claws" begins to unfold on Sunday, June 11, at 9 p.m. I've seen the first few episodes and all I can say for now is that I'm in! More thoughts later...
Ahead of the series' premiere, below, check out the breezy interview that the cast of "Claws" gave to the Between 2 Sistas film and TV discussion video series produced by Blavity (parent company of Shadow and Act). For more from Between 2 Sistas, click here.