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Rosanna Arquette To Recur On Ryan Murphy’s ‘Ratched’ Series On Netflix

by Denise Petski

February 4, 2019 3:25pm


Sarah Paulson has revealed that Rosanna Arquette has joined Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series starring Paulson as a younger version of the diabolical Nurse Ratched.

In a post Monday on Instagram, Paulson said Arquette would be playing a multi-episode arc in the series.

In her post, Paulson said she was “stirred” by Arquette’s recent interviews in which she was quoted as saying she couldn’t find work or representation, seemingly a direct result of her speaking out about Harvey Weinstein. “The story of Rosanna Arquette is a triumphant one – but also disturbing,” Paulson said.

“I am producing a new Netflix show, RATCHED, with Ryan Murphy,” Paulson wrote, “and we decided this could not stand. Her body of work -from Desperately Seeking Susan to Pulp Fiction and beyond, has always been deeply inspiring to both of us.”


Paulson said Arquette will begin shooting Wednesday. “I say with great pride- welcome to our family, Rosanna. I am thrilled to be in a position, due to the empowerment of my friend and collaborator, Ryan Murphy, not to just act in a piece, but hire the talent showcased in it, as well,” Paulson wrote.

Ratched is an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched’s (Paulson) journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system.

In the series, Paulson also will be joined by Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, and Corey Stoll.

Ratched scored a two-season, 18-episode, straight-to-series order at Netflix in September 2017. The film’s producer Michael Douglas is set to executive produce alongside Murphy.

https://deadline.com/2019/02/rosann...ched-series-netflix-sarah-paulson-1202549554/
 

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‘Ratched’: Netflix Unveils Premiere Date, First-Look Images For Ryan Murphy’s Asylum Drama Series
By Alexandra Del Rosario

Nearly three years after landing Sarah Paulson-starrer Ratched, Netflix announced that Ryan Murphy’s asylum drama series, inspired by the diabolical Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, will premiere on September 18. The streamer also released some first-look images — they and the key art are below.

Ratched, from Murphy and Ian Brennan and executive produced by the film’s producer Michael Douglas, is set in mid-20th century Northern California where Mildred Ratched (Paulson) lands a job at a psychiatric hospital as a nurse. The series will follow the nurse’s first days navigating the mental healthcare system and her journey to head nurse in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel.

The origin story, created by Evan Romansky, also stars Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Sophie Okonedo and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Douglas executive produces the series alongside Murphy, Brennan, Paulson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Aleen Keshishian, Jacob Epstein, Jennifer Salt, Margaret Riley, Robert Mitas and Tim Minear.












 

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I’m looking forward to this one. Nurse Ratched is a deliciously hateful character. The talented Sarah Paulson was a great choice to play her. Bring it on!
 
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I’m looking forward to this one. Nurse Ratched is a deliciously hateful character. The talented Sarah Paulson was a great choice to play her. Bring it on!
I agree, this could be a real trip. Sarah is awesome and perfect for this role.
 

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The below trailer contains more than just Ratched, but posting it here as it starts with that one.

New on Netflix in September:

 

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Ratched Review: Netflix's Gory Melodrama Is Too Cuckoo to Endure
By Dave Nemetz

Really, was anyone out there crying out for a Nurse Ratched origin story? The trailers for Netflix’s Ratched — premiering this Friday, Sept. 18; I’ve seen the first four episodes — bill the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest villain as “one of the world’s most iconic characters,” but as played by Oscar winner Louise Fletcher in the original 1975 film, the psych-ward nurse is a rather banal authority figure without much depth or dimension to explore.

Still, Ratched — the latest offering from uber producer Ryan Murphy — insists on conjuring up an origin story for her anyway: a campy, gruesome, punishingly dreary melodrama that feels like a rejected concept for an American Horror Story season… and should’ve remained on the reject pile.

Murphy staple Sarah Paulson plays a young Mildred Ratched — oddly enough, Paulson is older now than Fletcher was when she starred in Cuckoo’s Nest — who talks her way into a job at a California psychiatric hospital in 1947 after a stint as a World War II nurse. Mildred seems polished and ladylike at first glance, but she’s abrupt to the point of being rude… and a manipulative liar, we soon find out. On paper, this is great casting, and Paulson has done terrific work with Murphy before. (Her Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson is one of the past decade’s very best TV performances.) But even she can’t do much with this role, which mistakes deviousness for emotional depth and never evolves beyond being a caricature.

Once inside the hospital walls, Mildred enters a world of unstable inmates and brutally primitive psychiatric treatments — and all with a vacant-eyed serial killer named Edmund Tolleson (AHS veteran Finn Wittrock) chained up in the basement. The hospital setting is highly reminiscent of American Horror Story: Asylum, taking us back to the bad old days of crude lobotomies and heavy tranquilizers. (The doctors believe that lesbianism can be cured by alternating scalding hot baths with ice cold ones, for example.) It’s nice to see Harriet Sansom Harris here as a deluded old opera singer, but the inmates mostly just serve as background fodder; there’s no one with R.P. McMurphy’s spark of rebellion to challenge the nurses’ authority.

Life at the hospital is a miserable slog indeed — and so, too, is watching Ratched. Newcomer Evan Romansky created the series, but it has the unmistakable feel of yet another ride on the Ryan Murphy Merry-Go-Round: Look, a forbidden LGBTQ romance thwarted by cruelty and ignorance! Hey, there’s a bitchy cynic who uses witty one-liners to mask a wounded soul! Oh, a needlessly graphic act of violence purely for shock value! The sights are utterly predictable at this point, and humorless to boot; Ratched doesn’t even have the usual cutting laughs that a Murphy production tends to provide.

Also par for the Murphy course is Ratched‘s killer cast, which, as usual, has five more quality actors than it even has time to properly showcase, from Judy Davis as the severe Nurse Bucket to Amanda Plummer as the kooky proprietor of a roadside motel. Cynthia Nixon’s talents are completely wasted on a shoehorned-in LGBTQ storyline, complete with an erotically charged oyster-eating demonstration. (“It’s like making love to the ocean.”) There are bright spots here: Wittrock is solid as the deranged Edmund, as is Alice Englert as Nurse Dolly, who takes a carnal liking to the killer. But the overstuffed cast means that few of them ever get a chance to shine. And then Sharon Stone shows up with a monkey on her shoulder and a quadruple-amputee son at her side, ushering in a laughably absurd revenge subplot that includes the dialogue, “I want to give his head to my son as a gift for his 21st birthday.”

The tone ping-pongs between Horror Story-style gore, with hacked-off limbs and people nearly boiled alive, and soppy melodrama with lots of theatrical yelling, blaring orchestral swells and comically hard-boiled dialogue. At times, it feels like Old Hollywood cosplay; as fedora and trenchcoat-clad investigator Charles, Corey Stoll looks like he’s dressed up as a private eye for Halloween. Sure, the production design is typically impeccable, but even that backfires. I promise you’ve never seen a hospital as luxuriously opulent as the one in Ratched, which seemingly has more crystal chandeliers than patients.

Murphy’s productions always tend to favor style over substance — aside from FX’s triumphant Pose, which finds the beating human heart inside its flamboyant characters — but this might be his emptiest effort yet. It answers a question that no one asked, and uses it as an excuse to pull all the usual Ryan Murphy tricks. Between this and the similarly disappointing Hollywood, I’m growing weary of this merry-go-round that keeps going around and around but gets nowhere.

 

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Dolby Vision color is fantastic.
 

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I‘ve watched the first couple of episodes of Ratched and enjoyed them. I confess, though, that I am a devoted Sarah Paulson fanboy, so consider the source. Paulson won her spurs with me as a result of her brilliant performance on Deadwood as Miss Isringhausen, Alma Garret’s nanny and undercover Pinkerton agent. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the other episodes of Ratched.
 
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I‘ve watched the first couple of episodes of Ratched and enjoyed them. I confess, though, that I am a devoted Sarah Paulson fanboy, so consider the source. Paulson won her spurs with me as a result of her brilliant performance on Deadwood as Miss Isringhausen, Alma Garret’s nanny and undercover Pinkerton agent. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the other episodes of Ratched.
This is definitely on my list to check out. I too think Sarah is fantastic in her various roles.
 

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I found out from my mum-in-law last week a Sarah Paulson factoid I wasn't aware of. Everyone knows she's a lesbian; nothing wrong or unusual about that. But the woman she's involved with is 75 years old! That's a 30 year age difference. :eek:

Sarah says being involved with someone that age "makes every day more precious", or something along those lines. I mean, May/December is one thing, but.... my goodness. That's like May and December of next year.
 

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I found out from my mum-in-law last week a Sarah Paulson factoid I wasn't aware of. Everyone knows she's a lesbian; nothing wrong or unusual about that. But the woman she's involved with is 75 years old! That's a 30 year age difference. :eek:

Sarah says being involved with someone that age "makes every day more precious", or something along those lines. I mean, May/December is one thing, but.... my goodness. That's like May and December of next year.
Paulson was in a long-term relationship with actress Cherry Jones, who is 18 years older than she is, for several years. She's currently dating Holland Taylor, who's 32 years older. There was also a period in between the two relationships when she was rumored to be with Jessica Lange, though I don't believe either officially acknowledged it.

So, she clearly has a type.
 

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For you Sarah fans:

Sarah Paulson Breaks Down Her Iconic Career Through Wigs

 

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I’ve seen the first five episodes and am still enjoying the show. Other gifted performers have been terrific too. I have particularly appreciated Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover. Briones is also a musical theater star. He starred as the Engineer in the London West End revival of Miss Saigon. He reprised the roll on Broadway and won a Theatre World award.
 
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Finally finished this last night. One of the best Netflix original series so far IMO. The only minor aspect I didn't like was the dream sequence at the finale, too much of a cliche and wasn't remotely necessary. Other than that, it was near flawless.
 

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