Category: Television Shows

‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida’: Julie Benz To Recur In YouTube’s Dark Comedy Series

Yay! Julie is set to recur in the YouTube Dark Comedy Series “On Becoming A God In Central Florida”. Congrats to Julie on her new role. I can’t wait for this! I’ve missed seeing Julie on my screen every week.

Training Day alumna Julie Benz is set for a recurring role in On Becoming A God In Central Florida, a 1990s-set one-hour dark comedy series, starring and executive produced by Kirsten Dunst. The series, set to premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019, hails from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sony’s TriStar Television

Written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky based on a spec script they wrote, On Becoming A God is set near Orlando in the early 1990s. It centers on Krystal Gill (Dunst), a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise: the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.

Benz will play Carole Wilkes, a “big-haired” and “buxom” FAM wife who’s much farther up the pyramid than Krystal. Having fully embraced her role as a subordinate, Carol sees herself as an authority figure for other FAM women, on how to be the ideal FAM wife. While she’s a real stickler for the rules, Carol can have a way of surprising those around her.

Funke, Lutsky, Dunst and Yorgos Lanthimos executive produce alongside Esta Spalding, who will serve as showrunner, helmer Charlie McDowell (The Discovery), who will direct, and Oscar winners Clooney and Heslov (Argo) through Smokehouse. Sarah Shepard oversees for Smokehouse.

Benz was most recently a regular on the CBS series Training Day opposite the late Bill Paxton and previously recurred on CBS’ Hawaii 5-0. She was a lead on all three seasons of Syfy’s Defiance and played Rita Bennett on Dexter. Benz is repped by Paradigm, LINK Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

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“Training Day” 1×02, 1×07, & 1×08 Screen Captures

The gallery has been updated with screen captures from episodes 1×02, 1×07, & 1×08 from “Training Day”.


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048 x Training Day > Season 1 > Screen Captures > 1×02 Tehrangeles
060 x Training Day > Season 1 > Screen Captures > 1×07 Quid Pro Quo
088 x Training Day > Season 1 > Screen Captures > 1×08 Blurred Lines

Visiting Hollywood Today Live

Earlier today Julie visited Hollywood Today Live to promote “Training Day”. Pictures of her have been adding to the gallery and you can check out videos from her interview below.


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016 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Visiting Hollywood Today Live – 01.31.17

“Training Day” Premiering Midseason + Trailer

Julie’s new show “Training Day” will be airing sometime during midseason next year on CBS. Check out the trailer below! Captures from the trailer can be found in the gallery.

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CBS Greenlights “Training Day”

Julie’s CBS pilot “Training Day” has been ordered to series!! Congratulations Julie!

CBS has greenlit a slew of series for the 2016-2017 season.

In the comedy department, the network has ordered projects starring Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale. As for dramas, CBS will be rebooting “Training Day,” “MacGyver,” plus has picked up a medical drama from Jason Katims and a new show starring “NCIS” star Michael Weather

“Training Day” is based on the 2001 movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series revival stars Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, the show is about an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz star alongside Paxton and Cornwell.

The drama will be exec produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Jonathan Littman , Will Beall, Barry Schindel and Danny Cannon, who directed the pilot. Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films are producing, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original pic hails from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

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