Dirt: Monday 14 May

Monday May 14, 10.30pm

Starring Courtney Cox, Dirt is an edgy new drama that exposes the truth behind Hollywood glitz and glamour through two tabloid gossip magazines run by the ruthless Lucy Spiller.

Lucy Spiller (Courtney Cox) is the powerful editor-in-chief of celebrity tabloid magazines, Drrt and Now. A genius at the art of manipulation, Lucy possesses a maniacal dedication to exposing the truth about Hollywood’s luminaries, for reasons even she has yet to fully fathom. Lucy is intelligent, determined and bloodthirsty, and will go to any lengths to get the “dirt” on a celebrity she has targeted. By her side is schizophrenic steadfast photographer Don Konkey (Ian Hart). Don provides exclusive and shocking pictures of the rich and famous for Lucy’s magazines, where he helps to shatter the glossy and perfect veneer created by Hollywood by making the images available on newsstands every week.

The premise of Dirt is a topic Courtney knows all too well about, having been in the spotlight throughout her Friends career. However, she is quick to reject the idea that this series is her revenge on the media. “I don’t feel the show is getting back at anyone. Everyone takes a hit in it,” she says. “When I was pregnant with Coco, I was hounded by the paparazzi because they’re so fascinated with celebrity babies and pregnancies. They were relentless. It’s invasive, yes, but I’m kind of torn on the issue. I don’t read celebrity magazines but I do look at the pictures to see what people are wearing. So I get the fascination with stars.”

Courtney not only stars in, but is also executive producing the show under her production company Coquette, which was established in 2004 with her husband David Arquette. Having being such magazine fodder herself, Courtney has some inside stories that she has introduced to the show. “Well, one friend of mine was on her honeymoon, and a photographer literally dug himself into a hole — I called it a grave — and covered himself and took pictures. We used that in the opening shots,” Cox says.

In tonight’s first episode of Dirt, viewers are introduced to Lucy’s world and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Lucy lands a new source, struggling actor Holt McLaren, who plans to trade tips on his movie-star girlfriend, Julia Mallory, for good press. What none of them yet realise is that the truth can extract a heavy price on those who exploit it.

Dirt screens on Monday nights, 10.30pm, on TV2.

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