TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 29, 2017
The first season of Starz's original series The Girlfriend Experience brought us inside the world of high paid escorts who provide more than just your typical escort experience. It also gave us plenty of nudity from its stars like indie darling Kate Lyn Shiel and Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough, who ended up in a sticky situation thanks to one guy's fantasy.
The show returns for a second season on November 5, and it's got a whole new cast and a whole new gimmick this time around, following two separate, parallel story lines, each created and overseen by writer/producer/directors Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. Here's some more info, courtesy of Coming Soon...
Kerrigan’s storyline is set against the backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the upcoming 2018 U.S. midterm elections, where everything and everyone has a price. The second season tracks an unexpected and complex relationship between Erica Myles (Anna Friel), a commanding and strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC, and Anna Garner (Louisa Krause), a confident and intelligent GFE provider at the top of her game. Under intense pressure to deliver on her super PAC fundraising goals, Erica meets Anna and enlists her help in attempting to blackmail a high-powered dark money fundraiser, in order to gain access to his secret donor network. After their initial exchange, Erica and Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission. A relationship that changes the trajectory of Erica’s personal and professional lives and takes Anna into new emotional territory.
Seimetz’s storyline follows Bria Jones (Carmen Ejogo), a former high-end escort who enters the Witness Protection Program in order to escape her abusive relationship. After being torn from her upscale lifestyle, Bria and her estranged step-daughter are relocated to New Mexico where they are overseen by a commanding US Marshal, Ian Olsen (Tunde Adebimpe). Despite orders to stay low, Bria begins to revive her career as a sex worker, still enraptured by the allure of precarious relationships and lavish gifts. Bria’s moonlighting only becomes more complicated when it threatens to ensnare her new identity, her step-daughter, and the government official put in charge of her well-being. Bria quickly realizes she not only has to protect herself from her domineering ex but the very people who are supposed to be protecting her. Bria is forced to take matters into her own hands as she gambles not only her own safety but the people around her in a bid to regain the life she once had.
Sounds like it won't be more of the same this season, though I hope they keep the nudity coming in heavy doses. It's what the entire brand is known for. Season 2 of The Girlfriend Experience premieres on Starz! November 5.