A new drama called Hightown is premiering this weekend, featuring a hard-partying lesbian who needs to go to rehab colliding with a Provincetown cop when she discovers a body in Cape Cod Bay. It premieres Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Hightown on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all live and on-demand Starz content via the Amazon Starz Channel, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the Starz channel, you can then watch Hightown either live as it airs or on-demand anytime after.
For either option, you can watch on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
Whether you already have Hulu or you want to sign up for a new subscription, Starz is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV. If you’re a new subscriber, you can start a free 30-day trial of regular Hulu plus the Starz add-on:
Once signed up for Hulu and the Starz add-on, you can watch Hightown live as it airs, or you can watch it on-demand anytime after.
You can watch 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, PlayStation 4 (on-demand only), Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
Starz is available as its own standalone package through Sling TV, meaning you can sign up for Starz whether or not you also sign up for one of Sling TV’s main “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” channel bundles. As such, you can get Starz for a total of $9 per month through Sling:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Hightown live or on-demand 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.
On Hightown, Monica Raymund stars as Jackie Quinones, a National Marine Fisheries Service Agent who uses her badge to seduce tourists in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her life is turned upside down when she finds a body in Cape Cod Bay and butts heads with a local cop named Det. Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale) as they try to figure out how the body figures into the Cape’s horrible heroin epidemic.
At the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour, Raymund said what drew her to the project was how complex her character is, with personality traits and flaws you don’t often see in a female character.
“It’s always nice to be able to play complex, layered characters. It’s a really good foundation for us to explore from and having conflict, having challenges, having those kinds of circumstances, it makes the experience of exploring a character so fulfilling,” said Raymund, adding, “I think that we’re now seeing the stories that can unfold by including all bodies no matter what your body, right? So, if anything, now like our creative juices get to flow in ways that they haven’t really been accessed before for people who’ve been — for a lot of men who’ve been running entertainment. And so it’s fun to like give these other points of view as women, yeah.”
Creator Rebecca Cutter echoed Raymund’s sentiments, saying, “I grew up reading those Boston crime novels — Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lahane — and that sort of talk-tough guy, ball-breaking language is what I love and what I think is interesting. But I think [Hightown] is from a female perspective. It’s just we haven’t really seen very many women inhabiting those worlds. But I think I write it from a very female perspective in that I’m always conscious of taking care of the women in that world.”
Cutter also said the location was very important to the story. She grew up going to Cape Cod and her father-in-law works as a Fisheries Service Agent. She said Cape Cod may evoke a very “Kennedy”-esque idea, but it also has a dark side.
“People think of it … [as] a sort of idyllic summer vacation home, but it has this real dark and light,” said Cutter. “In the summer, it’s this thriving tourist place and in the winter it’s underemployed and it’s cold and it’s very isolated. So that was the starting point. Provincetown is at the very tip of the Cape and that is the place that has the very thriving LGBTQ community and is sort of a gay mecca in the tourist season. Hyannis is sort of the biggest city on the Cape and that’s where a lot of the drug crime is … There’s class elements of who lives there year-round.”
And when a body washes ashore and the seedy underbelly of the drug dealers starts to come to the forefront, those two classes are going to collide around the local addict, Jackie, and the straight-laced, lonely cop, Abruzzo.
Hightown airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
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