It has been announced that Amazon has given a full season endorsement for “The Horror of Dolores Roach”. The half-hour show, based on the Gimlet podcast of the same name, was first ordered for a pilot on Amazon in June 2021. “We fell in love with this story at Amazon Studios, just like podcast listeners and everyone else, and we couldn’t be more excited and fortunate to be working with world-class creators to bring Dolores Roach to the screen in an absolutely captivating series,” said Marc Resteghini, head of development at Amazon Studios.
In the series, Dolores Roach (Justina Machado) is released from prison after 16 years and returns to Washington Heights with $200 and clothes on her back. Her boyfriend is missing, her family is long gone. Dolores is reunited with an old friend, Luis (Alejandro Hernandez), who gives her her room and board and lets her have a massage in the basement. When his newfound promise of stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is driven to shocking extremes to survive, and in the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic. Luis has to consider his own strange choices.
Along with Macahdo and Hernandez, Kita Updike and K. Todd Freeman also star in the series. Aaron Mark and Dara Resnik, who wrote and directed the original podcast, serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series, which is directed by Dawson, alongside Gloria Calderón Kellett and Roxann Dawson. Kellet currently produces under the name GloNation Studios, which is under a general deal on Amazon.
Blumhouse Television’s Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, and Jeremy Gold will serve as executive producers, along with Spotify’s Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dawn Ostroff, Mimi O’Donnell, and Justin McGoldrick. Aaron Mark said, “After living with Dolores Roach in more than one form, we couldn’t be more excited to bring her to life on TV with this powerful team.” said. “The Horror of Dolores Roach” was originally developed by Mark as a one-man show starring Rubin-Vega. Mark later adapted it into a podcast starring Rubin-Vega.