Michelle Forbes, who portrayed the Meanad, Maryann in Season 2 of True Blood, may have had to meet her fate in the last episode of S2, but it sure wasn’t because she lacked the ability to act. We loved to hate her, as the evil Maryann, because in the part she was so convincing. I am happy to learn that we will soon see her act again as Michelle, a new star villain, in the series, Durham County. The series, which debuted this fall will launch its second season on ION Television in January, 2010.
Produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, Durham County unfolds season two in the aftermath of the devastating impact of serial killer Ray Prager (Romano Orzari) on the lives of its characters, anchored by Homicide Detective Mike Sweeney (Hugh Dillon, CBS` “Flashpoint”), his now estranged wife Audrey (Hélène Joy) and their traumatized teenage daughter Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf). While the true villain of the first season turned out to be Sweeney`s former high school classmate and new neighbor, the evil threat in the second season comes from a woman who develops a close bond with Mike, the brilliant, but deeply troubled forensic psychiatrist Pen Verrity (Michelle Forbes). Rejected by her husband and grieving for a daughter we can`t be certain she didn`t kill, she sets her sights on having Mike Sweeney – at any cost.
Leslie Chesloff, Executive Vice President, Programming, ION Media Networks states, “In season two, our protagonist is trying to keep his broken family together in the aftermath of a serial killer, while he is lured into an incredibly dangerous place by a seductive woman. Viewers will be on their seats wondering what Pen will do next, who she might target and whether Mike will realize the terrible threat she poses before it`s too late.”
Co-creator and Executive Producer Janis Lundman of Back Alley Films adds, “We think viewers will be intrigued by the new female villain, Michelle Forbes, who they will recognize from her portrayal of an equally menacing character on `True Blood.` In addition, they will be drawn into our hero`s struggle to heal his broken family and deal with the separation from his wife while he becomes increasingly drawn to this damaged woman.”