Rashida Jones has put on her executive producer hat once again for the new TNT dramedy, Claws. The show, which was originally developed for a half hour HBO slot, was picked up by TNT for ten hour-long episodes and is described as a “midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness.”
Set around five diverse manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon in South Florida, the lead character Desna is played by the fabulous Niecy Nash, who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother Dean, played by Harold Perrineau.
As noted by Variety, “Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job. Adding chaos to the Nail Artisan mix is Roller (Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna’s nail salon to launder the obscene profits.”
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“Claws is wild and hilarious, and we can’t wait for viewers to immerse themselves in this fascinating world,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “This is a show with great storytelling featuring empowered female characters and brought to life by a diverse group of incredibly talented individuals both in front of and behind the camera.”
This will be the first major on-screen television role for Tran, who so famously split with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2015. In addition to acting, the 28-year-old has also been a red carpet correspondent for the Emmys, American Music Awards and BET Awards red carpets.
Judging by the vibrantly lit trailer that flashes tight shots of gel manicures, money being tossed and a sexy man on a boat— this will be a must-watch show.
Claws premieres Summer 2017.