Lifetime has commissioned six, one-hour long episodes of the darkly comedic drama series Mary Kills People, courtesy of global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Cameron Pictures, Inc. Created by Tara Armstrong, Mary Kills People stars Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal) as a doctor who helps people in need end their lives with dignity. The series also stars Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake), Richard Short (Vinyl), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue). As announced today by Liz Gateley, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for Lifetime, the series will bow on Lifetime in 2017 with the Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning UnREAL.
“As UnREAL drives Lifetime’s position as a destination for some of the strongest female characters on television, we are thrilled to add to our growing scripted lineup Mary Kills People, a unique, rich drama with elements of humor and a fascinatingly complex protagonist that we are thrilled to feature on our network,” stated Gateley.
John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, eOne Television added that “with a creative team led by the incomparable Tassie Cameron, Tara Armstrong’s richly layered writing, Holly Dale’s expert direction, and an outstanding cast, Mary Kills People will be an intense and thought-provoking series. Lifetime is undoubtedly the perfect home for this topical and ground-breaking drama.”
In Mary Kills People, single mother Mary Harris (Dhavernas) is an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death and help terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms. So far, Mary has managed to stay under the radar; but death is hot, business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated. When her world starts to unravel, Mary realizes she’s going to have to fight dirty if she’s going to stay in the killing game.
Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures in association with Corus Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in The Valley, Rookie Blue), Amy Cameron (The Book of Negroes), Jocelyn Hamilton (Private Eyes) and Tecca Crosby (Private Eyes). Co-Executive Producer Holly Dale (The Americans) directs season one in its entirety. Tara Armstrong (Private Eyes) created the series and is Co-Executive Producer and writer. Additional writers include Marsha Greene (Private Eyes), Sherry White (Rookie Blue) and Mike Goldbach (Down a Dark Hall).