Tonight, CBS premieres its second drama of the summer, American Gothic, which is not to be confused with the Grant Wood painting or the other CBS series from the mid-‘90s. The 13-part murder mystery series focuses on "a prominent Boston family that is reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders,” according to CBS’s synopsis. “As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicious and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.”
The show is led by Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Sideways
), who stars as the Hawthorne family matriarch, Madeline. When her husband dies, the family learns he was the ’Silver Bells’ murderer and one of them may have been his longtime accomplice. Creator Corinne Brinkerhoff compared the show to the classic game of Clue. "It’s a twisty tale, so there’s no simple answer, and that gives us a lot of leeway in terms of who knows what or remembers what, or contributed to what. So there’s no reason why one person needs to have the entire story. But I’m saying too much,” Brinkerhoff told TheWrap
. The fun of shooting is that they can all kind of look at each other with suspicion and we get to play our massive game of Clue on set every day."
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co-stars and watch the series premiere tonight, June 22 at 10 p.m. on CBS. (Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS)