Netflix released a three-minute teaser for Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s upcoming series The Watcher. Upon first glance, the video may seem like an open house parody sketch with Jennifer Coolidge taking on the character of realtor Karen Calhoun. In reality, the unusual teaser is the streamer’s confirmation for the upcoming series based on the true story of a New Jersey home located on 657 Boulevard.
Alluding to potential issues surrounding the dream home, Coolidge ominously mentions fitting a body into the dumbwaiter and warns potential buyers about weird neighbors who may be peering indoors if curtains are left unopened.
The Watcher is co-created by Murphy and Brennan and stars Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock and Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock, a New Jersey couple who invest their life savings into the beautiful home. The house, purchased in 2014 for over $1 million, soon brings more despair than peace for the Brannocks. They soon begin receiving creepy letters signed “The Watcher”, which leads to their decision to put the house on the market.
Per the film’s logline, the cast is rounded out by an all-star ensemble who play an array of less than ideal neighbors: There’s a kooky older woman named Pearl (Mia Farrow) and her brother Jasper (Terry Kinney), who sneaks into the Brannock’s house and hides in their dumbwaiter. There’s Karen (Jennifer Coolidge), the realtor and an old acquaintance of Nora’s, who makes them feel like they don’t really belong, and nosy neighbors Mitch (Richard Kind) and Mo (Margo Martindale), who don’t seem to understand property lines.
Murphy and Brennan executive produce alongside Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Bryan Unkeless, Eric Newman, Paris Barclay, Watts, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost and Scoop Wasserstein.
The Watcher is scheduled for premiere on Netflix this Fall.
Jennifer Coolidge is Having a Moment
While the unconventional teaser may be out of the norm, Coolidge seems to be on fire lately, making her a wise choice for its focus. The actress recently appeared on the first season of HBO’s hit series The White Lotus as Tanya McQuoid. Her portrayal of the fan adored character earned the actress Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and a Critics Choice Award. HBO recently confirmed that Coolidge will reprise her role for season two of The White Lotus.
Coolidge gained popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s for her roles in comedy films including the American Pie film series, the Legally Blonde film series, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Her other film credits include A Cinderella Story, Click, Date Movie, Austenland, Like a Boss, Promising Young Woman, and Single All the Way.
She will also appear in Shotgun Wedding, an upcoming romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel.