Starz has revealed the premiere date for its upcoming anthology series The Girlfriend Experience. Inspired by the 2009 Steven Soderbergh film of the same name, the series’ first season will feature thirteen half hour episodes to premiere Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. At the same time, all thirteen episodes will be released for Starz Play and Starz on Demand subscribers in the United States.
“We believe the provocative world created by Steven, Lodge and Amy, coupled with an absolutely mesmerizing performance by Riley Keough in the lead role will make The Girlfriend Experience difficult to turn off,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Providing binging access to the entire 13-episodes to STARZ subscribers, along with the traditional weekly episodic premiere schedule allows us to accommodate all viewing appetites.”
Developed by Lodge Kerrigan (Keane, Claire Dolan) and Amy Seimetz (Sun Don’t Shine, The Dish & the Spoon), The Girlfriend Experience stars Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, Magic Mike), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, The Kings of Summer), Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire, Edge of Darkness) and Kate Lyn Sheil (You’re Next, The Sacrament), while Academy Award winner Soderbergh (The Ocean’s Trilogy, The Knick) serves as a producer. According to Starz, the first season “follows Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. Working hard to establish herself at the firm, her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide “The Girlfriend Experience” – emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. Juggling two very different lives, Christine quickly finds herself drawn into the GFE world, attracted to the rush of control and intimacy.”