Fox isn’t the only network that can play in the sandbox of discomfiting anthology TV shows. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime has just signed Courtney Love to play a “mysterious woman in the woods” in its upcoming series A Midsummer’s Nightmare, based on the similarly named Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show itself will focus on a woman named Elena who is “drawn into a summer getaway-turned-nightmare,” and Love’s mystery woman belongs to a network of “sinister forces” trying to totally wreck the romantic mood that Elena and three “young lovers” are trying to gin up out in the forest. And really, this seems like ideal casting. Imagine you’re off in the woods with your partner and your friends — maybe it’s a whole group thing, maybe it’s a couples retreat — and suddenly Courtney Love comes screaming out of the shadows, vowing to use your “fantasies and darkest secrets” against you. If you were all alone and the lead singer of Hole came at you like that, you’d be scared to death. Love has been building a TV résumé over the past few years, appearing on popular shows like Revenge, Empire, and Sons of Anarchy, and taking a leap playing some kind of dark magic vessel feels like a great brand extension for her.
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