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Spooktacular Sharon Horgan signs up Friends star Courteney Cox for new paranormal comedy series

Catastrophe creator Horgan wrote Shining Vale with Jeff Astrof whose credits include The New Adventures of Old Christine and Trial & Error

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Friends star Courteney Cox. Photo: Getty

Friends star Courteney Cox. Photo: Getty

Friends star Courteney Cox. Photo: Getty

Sharon Horgan has signed up Friends star Courteney Cox for her new comedy-horror TV series.

Shining Vale tells the story of a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a house in a small town in which terrible atrocities have taken place.

Cox’s character Pat is a reformed former wild-child who shot to fame by writing a raunchy women’s empowerment novel.

In her new home she befriends a paranormal being, convinced she’s either depressed or possessed.

The series also has The Kennedys star Greg Kinnear playing her husband and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino as Rosemary, who is possibly Pat’s alter ego, a split personality or a demon trying to possess her.

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Sharon Horgan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Sharon Horgan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Sharon Horgan (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Catastrophe creator Horgan wrote Shining Vale with Jeff Astrof whose credits include The New Adventures of Old Christine and Trial & Error.

Eight half-hour episodes have been commissioned by US cable channel Starz and will be available around the world.

Ireland’s Dearbhla Walsh directed and executive produced the pilot episode. She has previously worked on The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo, Penny Dreadful and EastEnders.

“Shining Vale is a smart, chilling and funny series that tells the story of a family in turmoil who is suddenly living with a paranormal who helps Courteney Cox’s character get her groove back as she starts to question her own sanity,” said Christina Davis, Starz president of original programming.

“This group of talented actors, executive producers and director blends comedy and horror brilliantly throughout this series which exemplifies the network’s commitment to improve female representation on and off the screen.”

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Horgan has had a glorious comedy career, winning a BAFTA TV award for best comedy writer and two British Comedy awards for best TV actress for her BBC series Pulling, which she co-wrote.

She also received an Emmy nomination for co-writing Channel 4 series Catastrophe with Rob Delaney in which the two starred as a couple who hook up when she falls pregnant after a one-night stand.

Horgan also created the HBO comedy series Divorce for Sarah Jessica Parker.

She also co-created TV comedy series Motherland and recently starred in This Way Up with fellow Irish comedienne Aisling Bea.

Her feature film credits include Game Night and Military Wives.

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