On the USA Network’s newest dramedy, Briarpatch, Rosario Dawson is about to start burning up your screen as Allegra Dill, a political operative who must return to her hometown when her younger sister, a detective in the Texas border town of San Bonifacio, is killed. As Allegra finds herself looking into her sister’s murder, she becomes embroiled with friends old and new in a town where nothing is as it seems.
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USA is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of Briarpatch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch new episodes up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include USA. The “Plus” and “Max” packages come with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of Briarpatch on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including USA. It costs $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling the cheapest streaming service with USA if you plan on keeping it long term:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Briarpatch live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
USA is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of Briarpatch on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has new episodes available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, Rosario Dawson stars as Allegra Dill, a hard-drinking, no-nonsense Washington D.C. operative who is forced to return to her quirky hometown when her younger sister Felicity is murdered.
During the investigation, Allegra crosses paths with stubborn, eccentric, suspicious locals, including Jake Spivey (Jay Ferguson), a friend of hers from high school who is now a very wealthy retired arms dealer, Clyde Brattle (Alan Cummings), Spivey’s old business partner, and A.D. Singe (Edi Gathegi), a friend of Felicity’s who might be the only person in town who Allegra can trust.
But it’s not a revenge story. It is definitely a murder mystery that the audience can follow along with and try to solve alongside Allegra.
“I wouldn’t necessarily look at this as a revenge story,” Dawson told the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour. “This is really a murder mystery and a revelation for this character about the armor she’s put on in life to survive, coming from an incredibly impoverished background and a lot of childhood trauma. She’s clawed success out of a lot of really trying situations, and now she’s actually put to her most incredible test, which is dealing with the murder of her sister.”
There is also the side plot of Allegra’s employer, U.S. Senator Joseph Ramirez (Gerardo Celasco), who may or may not have ties to Spivey and Brattle. And how is the slovenly mayor of San Bonifacio tied into it all?
As the USA description teases, “As Allegra attempts to navigate — and upend — the power structure of San Bonifacio, she finds herself dealing with people who are corrupt, egotistical, manipulative and willing to kill. Felicity is the first to die in Briarpatch. Will she be the last?”
“We wanted to make a hot noir,” revealed creator Andy Greenwald. “We wanted to make a classic story updated and switched up and spiced up and heated up for our contemporary era, so [I] definitely give her a lot of credit as well for giving us just the push we needed in that direction.”
Briarpatch premieres Thursday, February 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the USA Network.
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