Monday, June 17, 2013

SUSANNA, starring Taken's Maggie Grace and written and directed by Black Swan's Jon Avnet, features Postpartum OCD Storyline

SUSANNA, starring Anna Paquin (“True Blood,” “X-Men) and Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Lost,” “Californication”), premiered with six episodes last Friday, June 14 on WIGS ( Viewers meet struggling new mother Katie (Anna Paquin), whose emotional anguish is quickly revealed to be acute postpartum depression. Her hardworking sister Susanna (Maggie Grace) leaves an important business meeting to take Katie to the hospital and finds out that Katie’s recovery may take longer than she realized…leaving Susanna to take care of baby April.

Susanna is written and directed by WIGS co-creator Jon Avnet (“Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”) and also features Rob Benedict (“Waiting,” “Felicity”) and Virginia Madsen (“Sideways,” “Fire with Fire”), star of previous WIGS series JAN. In support of Susanna, WIGS is also partnering with Postpartum Support International.

Check out this preview clip from episode one:

I had the privilege of participating in a preview of the first three episodes followed by Jon Avnet last week prior to the premier.  It was really great to see a perinatal mood disorder portrayed so realistically and then to hear what prompted Jon, a parent and grandparent himself, to choose this topic on which to focus.  He seems like a genuinely caring gentleman who wants to share the message that new parenthood is hard...and even harder with a PMAD.

I encourage you to watch these videos and to share them with friends and family. I would however, recommend a *TRIGGER WARNING* as even nearly 6 years later I was overcome with more significant emotions than I expected because of the palpability of Katie's intense and severe symptoms. If you like it, plan to watch the remaining six episodes which will post this Friday, June 21.

Susanna (Maggie Grace) and Katie (Anna Paquin)

Katie (Anna Paquin)

Photo credit: WIGSCO, LLC

About WIGS
WIGS was launched in May 2012 by director/producers Jon Avnet (“Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,“ “Risky Business”), Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment,” “Big Love”) and Jake Avnet, and is now the No. 1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, with over 24 million views to date and more than 100,000 subscribers. The channel offers high-end original series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads. Popular series on the WIGS channel include BLUE, about a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort, starring Julia Stiles, Uriah Shelton, and Jeanne Tripplehorn; LAUREN, about the consequences of dealing with sexual assault in the military, starring Troian Bellisario and Jennifer Beals; SERENA, a story of lust, temptation and forbidden love, starring Jennifer Garner and Alfred Molina; and JAN, about a young woman whose first job goes awry, starring Virginia Madsen, Stephen Moyer and Caitlin Gerard.

In February of 2013, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) entered into a multi-year pact with WIGS. The programming, marketing and distribution partnership is designed to expand the breadth of offerings through the WIGS channel, and test and nurture dramatic concepts and talent in the digital realm. 

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Anita said...

Every time I stop by, I continue to be impressed with your work and dedication to serving those who've experienced postpartum depression and those who currently suffer.

Robin M said...

This series is just awesome. I couldn't believe how well PPD was portrayed here. Gripping! Can't wait for the next episodes. Thanks for sharing this!!