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Alethea Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Facebook’s new video platform Facebook Watch has hired Alethea Jones to direct its upcoming series Queen America, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The series, which has been given a 10-episode order, is created, written and executive produced by Meagan Oppenheimer (Fear The Walking Dead).

Jones will direct all 10 episodes and is also a co-executive producer.

The series is a dark comedy about Oklahoma pageant coach Vicki Ellis and her hapless charge Samantha Stone, a beautiful but unpolished girl who Vicki must try to turn into pageant royalty.

The series comes from Paul Lee’s independent studio wiip, with Lee also an executive producer on the project. Bruna Papandrea and Casey Haver will also executive produce for co-studio partner Made Up Stories alongside Guymon Casady and Suzan Bymel of Entertainment 360, and Janice Williams. Made Up Stories’ Steve Hutensky will serve as a co-executive producer.

Facebook Watch’s other projects include a Blumhouse Television thriller series based on a Brothers Grimm story with the working title Sacred Lies, and a series about a high school girls football team in New York, also produced by wiip and executive produced by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

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