DirecTV is premiering the latest in its exclusive lineup of TV series with the debut of award-winning screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute‘s “Full Circle,” on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
“Full Circle” is a unique presentation, as each episode, which examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations, features only two main actors, reminiscent of HBO’s “In Treatment,” over the course of 10 episodes. Unbeknownst to these 11 people, their lives are intertwined. But the audience gets to follow them from conversation to conversation as one actor from each episode goes on to do a second, but with a different co-star, who in turn, moves on to the next episode.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., Episode 101 will star Tom Felton (best known as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise of films) as a broken-hearted Brit, who is trying to convince his married girlfriend (Minka Kelly) to ditch her husband and move back to the U.K. with him and start a new life.
“Full Circle” was Felton’s first venture into TV in the U.S. and the production schedule for the series was quite tight, with each episode shooting in its entirety in just a day or two.
“I am pretty sure I can speak for Minka, we were pretty nervous on that morning when we knew we had 14 hours to shoot 24 pages,” says Felton, who admits he normally learns five pages per day for a movie. “We had only had one rehearsal face to face, so it was a lot of pressure. That is what lent to the sense of accomplishment when we finished it.”
Episode 102, which will air at 9:30 p.m., again stars Kelly, but this time acting opposite her TV husband Stanley (Julian McMahon), a charismatic entertainment attorney. Dinner is a tense affair, as Bridgette (Kelly) makes clear the perilous state of their marriage. But when she shares her dreams of furthering her education, Stanley rejects her idea. He wants to maintain the status quo. To keep his wife in her place, he openly flirts with a waitress to prove his prowess, but ultimately discovers the choice is not his to make.
McMahon, who is familiar to TV viewers from his starring turn as the playboy plastic surgeon Christian Troy on “Nip/Tuck,” says “Full Circle” appealed to him because ” I had taken a break and I was looking for material that was interesting. I am a fan of Neil’s work. I connected with the character and I thought it would be challenging, shooting an episode in a day.”
In upcoming episodes, “Full Circle” also stars David Boreanaz, Keke Palmer, Devon Gearhart, Billy Campbell, Kate Walsh, Cheyenne Jackson, Noah Silver, Ally Sheedyand Robin Weigert.
Two episodes of the half-hour drama will air per week on Audience beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and all 10 episodes will be made available immediately on DirecTV Everywhere.