Victoria Mahoney to direct episodes of TNT's 'One Day She’ll Darken' — real-life tale of white woman given away at birth to black family
Photo Credit: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 1: Victoria Mahoney from Starz's 'Survivor's Remorse' poses for a portrait at the 2016 Summer TCAs Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
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Victoria Mahoney to direct episodes of TNT's 'One Day She’ll Darken' — real-life tale of white woman given away at birth to black family

Victoria Mahoney has been tapped to direct multiple episodes of TNT’s upcoming drama series, One Day She’ll Darken. 

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins directed the first two episodes.

It stars India Eisley and Jefferson Mays were tapped as the series leads, with Justin Cornwell, Golden Brooks, Yul Vazquez, Dylan Smith, and Jay Paulson rounding out the main cast.

One Day She’ll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hode (Mays), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery.

The series is based on the novel One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel by Fauna Hodel and J R Briamonte.

The novel’s official description: In 1951, Fauna Hodel, the Caucasian offspring of a prominently social California family, was given away at birth to a young Black woman who worked as a restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. The purpose was to ensure that a Black family raise the baby. In her 16 year old mother’s eyes, Blacks were the far more loving than most everyone she encountered in the white community. To ensure that the child would never return to her emotionally reclusive white family, she made sure her new baby’s birth certificate listed the father as “Negro”. The child, of course, grew up believing that she was of mixed race. She struggled before, during and after civil rights were enacted. Enduring prejudice from both races, she sought out the only person who truly knew where she belonged – her real mother. But after discovering her true identity, she uncovered a family secret even more bizarre than her own – the mysterious world of incest, murder, and powerful forces that have kept this story from being told for more than 20 years.

Production is underway in Los Angeles.

Recently, Mahoney has directed episodes of shows like “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Queen Sugar,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” TNT’s “Claws,” and “Power.”

She’s also writing the TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Dawn, from MACRO Ventures and Ava DuVernay.

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