Scoop: Anna Torv Eyes TV Return as Jennifer Jason Leigh's Lover in Ryan Murphy's Open

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Anna Torv Open HBOAnna Torv is entering a new alternative universe: The former Fringe star is joining Ryan Murphy’s sex-and-relationships pilot Open as the lesbian lover of Jennifer Jason Leigh, TVLine has learned.

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The provocative script, which was penned for HBO by Murphy and Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, revolves around five characters.

Torv will play Windsor, a yoga instructor in a longterm relationship with Holly (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but upon meeting Grace (casting TBD) feels an instant connection. They join the previously cast Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.



Comments (78)

  • Murphy and lesbian relationships… hmmm wondering which one of them he’s going to kill off first :D

    Comment by mj – July 30, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • None until he tortures them and gift us with a few lesbian tropes.

      Comment by Olivia – July 30, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I dislike RM a lot, but when he had Finn out Santana in the hallway like that (and so violently) and then celebrated how awesome Finn was in the same episode, treating his actions as ‘good’….that was it for me.

      Comment by liz – July 30, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think you missed the entire point of just episode. First off, Finn felt horrible about what he did and he did everything he could to make it up to her and show her that she should be proud of who she is. Also, why is it worse that Finn outed Santana, but not horrible that Santana continually attacked his weight and bullied him and others? Even physically attacking Rory( I believe that’s his name) there is such a double standard. Bullying is bullying. Both are awful and hurtful.

        Comment by Court – July 30, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No its worse to out someone in a school full of people. But that doesn’t matter to me what matters more is how Santana’s outing was handled compared to Kurts. RM just doesn’t write well for lesbians.

          Comment by Amy – July 31, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Point is RM handled Kurt’s coming out very very differently than Santana’s aka he handled the lesbians coming out awful.

          Comment by Amy – July 31, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What?!!?! AHHHH now I need to watch this.

    Comment by Ainav – July 30, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You had me at Anna Torv, but lost me at Ryan Murphy.

    Comment by Sam – July 30, 2013 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here ahahaha and she is basically doing the same thing she did on Mistresses but I’ll just wait ’till I watch it for a complete *Ihateyouryanmurphy* post xD

      Comment by Vic – July 30, 2013 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here. And how is he planning to do three shows at once?

      Comment by Emily – July 30, 2013 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He did American Horror Story: Asylum, Glee, and The New Normal earlier this year, so I don’t imagine that it would be any different.

        Comment by Adam – July 30, 2013 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second the motion. why must this be a Ryan Murphy show. i was going to pass on this but if Anna is in it i’ll have to check it out

      Comment by James D – July 30, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • omg!! best description ever!!!

      Comment by Cris Mdivac (@MdivaC) – July 30, 2013 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Couldn’t agree more!

      Comment by mike c – July 31, 2013 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YESYESYESYES I will follow Anna Torv anywhere and RM is doing a pretty good job with AHS so his presence doesn’t even bother be that much

    Comment by Thom – July 30, 2013 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What network will it be on?

    Comment by TVFan – July 30, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked her in Fringe, but I’m a straight female scifi fan so there’s absolutely nothing about this I want to watch.

    Comment by Andie – July 30, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m a gay female and there is a lot I want to watch in a lot of straight tv shows. Because unlike you, I don’t watch only for relationships. It’s not like I have a large choice in that department anyway. Btw, commenting that you’ll stay away from a show because a character’s sexuality doesn’t match yours, even before knowing what said show is about, makes you come across as an idiot.

      Comment by Olivia – July 30, 2013 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Relax Olivia. Pretty sure she meant she wouldn’t be watching this because it’s not a scifi show.

        Comment by Jenna – July 30, 2013 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ha! I thought she used the word straight referring to the fact that she likes sci fi only! but seriously, olivia, take it down a notch. i don’t think she necessarily said anything homophobic. just that there was nothing about this premise that makes her want to watch. which could be said about any show and any aspect thereof. think of how your overreaction makes YOU look.

        Comment by jestsaying – July 30, 2013 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Where did I say she was homophobic? I just said that there was no need to say “I’m a straight female” if it the purpose wasn’t to pinpoint the character’s sexuality as being a reason to pass. Which has nothing to do with the genre or anything, anyone with half a brain can understand that it was obviously in response to the lesbian character aspect of the article. If it was about a black character and someone commented “I’m a white female” (which, again, has nothing to do with the genre of the show), people would be calling her out, and rightfully so. No one would be calling it overreacting. I don’t care about how my comment makes me look, I’d rather be someone who embraces diversity than a shallow and narrow minded person. Anyway, agree to disagree I guess.

          Comment by Olivia – July 30, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Sorry but that’s going overboard. You’re taking that comment way out of context. She said shes a scifi fan so right off the bat the show wouldn’t interest her. But you know how a lot of people will watch a show just because they think a male or female is hot? I think that’s why she mentioned the straight thing. I’m all against the shallow and narrow minded people you mentioned, but honestly I don’t think it was meant to be taken the way you are taking it.

            Comment by Stana – July 30, 2013 05:45 PM PDT  
          • I think folks need to step off of Olivia. I immediately read it that way too. If the OP hadn’t mentioned her sex, I’d be more willing to give the benefit of a doubt.

            Comment by Rosa – July 30, 2013 05:54 PM PDT  
          • Just commenting to say I agree with you. :)

            Comment by liz – July 30, 2013 06:58 PM PDT  
    • I’m also a “straight female scifi fan” too and I have no problem watching tv shows about lesbians or shows that aren’t scifi.
      You don’t have to be gay to watch/love/connect with gay characters.
      .
      If we only watched shows that were explicetly about our own identities….well heck I’d only have Drop Dead Diva to watch :P

      Comment by liz – July 30, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto. Hopefully this show will be cancelled after half a season and she’ll get to do something more interesting.

      Comment by TobyG. – July 31, 2013 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Same. I have no interest in this, mainly due to the Ryan Murphy element.

        Comment by AC – July 31, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv was so sexy as a lesbian on the UK Mistresses. I’m glad she’s returning! so is she a main character?

    Can’t wait, I wasn’t too excited but not I will totally watch for Anna.

    Comment by Cherry – July 30, 2013 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This pilot NEEDS to be picked up and Anna Torv’s character is called Windsor? terrible name.

    Comment by Cherry – July 30, 2013 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If I’m not mistaking, it’s her last name. Her first name is Grace.

      Comment by Zach – July 30, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • From what I understand: Windsor is in a ltr with Holly, but then meets Grace and drama ensues.

        Comment by Olivia – July 30, 2013 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I hope they get shelley conn to play the part of grace

          Comment by debra ness – August 2, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On the one hand, yay, lesbians! On the other hand, eww, Ryan Murphy…

    Comment by Superhero – July 30, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad about this, I was really looking forward to see her in another Sci-Fi instead she ends in a crappy RM show. Poor Anna .I lover her nonetheless and looking forward for her career

    Comment by B.Sidney – July 30, 2013 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You read my mind.

      Comment by Cris Mdivac (@MdivaC) – July 30, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Should have joined Agents of Shield or Arrow.

      Comment by Shaun – July 30, 2013 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would love to see her on Arrow. Actually, there are a few shows that I would like to see her on, but I guess that won’t happen now. Sigh.

        Comment by Drew – July 30, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BEST NEWS EVER!!!!
    I’m so glad she’s back I don’t even care that it’s a RM show

    Comment by git – July 30, 2013 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Someone who has read the pilot said the pilot is really disgusting and just plain horrible. So, you might be lamenting that it is a RM show. She said she even found it hard to get through the first act.

      It’s on HBO, so it sounds like they decided to push the envelope as far as possible.

      Comment by Joan – July 30, 2013 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv is better than this. Ryan Murphy is a no-talent hack who shouldn’t be allowed near television.

    I always hate it when I see actors and actresses that are very talented and who I’d love to follow doing crappy projects. She might as well go and work on Law and Order for all the desire I have to watch this crap.

    Comment by Drew – July 30, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope the pilot doesn’t get picked up. Her fans have hated on Joshua Jackson enough!!!!!

    Comment by Oliviabensen12 – July 30, 2013 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Get a life.

      Comment by Pati D – July 30, 2013 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LittleLum? Is that you. Why do you hate Josh so much? You say such mean things like…

      the Weakest link on Fringe
      being miscast and other actors would be better
      the bad actor
      having the most annoying character
      being a baby faced actor who can’t be a lead character and can’t act tough
      being the plot device
      one of the “faults” of season 5

      Miss you LittleLummy (akaOliviabensen12)

      Comment by LitttleLumsBF – August 2, 2013 12:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This almost makes having her be back on tv not worth it…I cant stand RM shows, and it seems a waste of her talent and skill to be on a RM show. Would have preferred she followed Yvonne’s footsteps, who got on a great show (Dexter). Anna would be great on another Sci-fi show or playing a badass cop/Fed or SOMETHING…hell id take a vampire on True Blood. Just seems so many steps down from Fringe. I mean a gorgeous smart empowered badass blonde Australian who does a flawless American accent? Theres her and Yvonne, and both have huge followings…she could have got a better show.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – July 30, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Haha I really like how you think. Yvonne and her are BAMFs and now that you put the Anna/Dexter image in my head I hate you a little because it will never happen. I didn’t know that I needed that but now I can’t stop picturing her as a fierce agent/cop facing Dex in an epic showdown. Oh well xD

      Comment by Olivia – July 30, 2013 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Dexter in its 7th and 8th season is not a great show.

      A show on HBO is a much better opportunity for Anna

      Comment by Melissa – July 30, 2013 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I get that a guest part on a shows final season doesnt = staring as a lead in a brand new show on a good channel…however if you compare when Anna’s character is blah, the show gets cancelled or just always has low ratings,to Yvonne getting a great role at the peak ending of a fantastic show that everyone watches (including people in the biz that will want to hire her) and her character is so liked and unique (first person to know about Dexter and love him and be in a relationship with him etc) that she is with the show for the Comic Con panel.
        -
        I just wish that Torv would have been on something like…Strike Back, Banshee, Graceland, Defiance, Vikings (could be Lagertha’s sister or just a super hot badass blonde viking), ALMOST HUMAN! (would love that, former Fringe team makes it), and many many many more, let alone big guest roles on shows like Covert Affairs and Suits etc…there is just SO much on TV, let alone movies…anyways, love Torv!

        Comment by M3rc Nate – July 30, 2013 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happy Anna will return to TV soon.

    Comment by Joey – July 30, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ANNA!!!

    Welcome back to my TV

    MIssed you

    Comment by Melissa – July 30, 2013 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hum, her name is misspelled on the homepage

    Comment by Tristan – July 30, 2013 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Annnnnnnaaaaa! Can’t wait!

    Comment by MA – July 30, 2013 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv needs a intervention.

    Comment by Zack – July 31, 2013 12:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No!!!

    Stay away from Ryan Murphy!

    Comment by Midori – July 31, 2013 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • why can’t you guys just be happy for her tv comeback ?

    Comment by JP – July 31, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can’t speak for everyone, but I will not watch a Ryan Murphy show. I’d love to see Anna back on TV, but I won’t see her in this. That’s where the disappointment and frustration comes from.

      Comment by Drew – July 31, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everything sounds great except for the fact that Ryan Murphy is involved. Pass.

    Comment by A – July 31, 2013 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Anna Torv! I wish she’d be on Agents of SHIELD or something like The Americans.

    Comment by Mikael – July 31, 2013 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES! This is what i’ve waanted for like 6 months

    Comment by Anna Olivia Rebecca – July 31, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope this end up being a great show, cause Anna deserves it. It’s HBO, a good thing, but they also have Girls, which makes me worry…

    Comment by Amanda – July 31, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmmm wasn’t what I was expecting from Torv since she’s already played a similar role. I expected her to go for independent movies with excellent character potential. Or movies like the kind Kate Winslet or Cate Blanchet have done. Granted she doesnt have the star power to probably get those roles but that’s where I saw her. Wonder what motivated her to do this? I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve actually seen it though.

    Comment by coolio – July 31, 2013 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Coolio, I agree w/ her going the independent movie route or maybe guest starring on a few shows. I like the idea of filling the roles Cate did 10 years ago type thing too. Other than that, I like this. She’s moved off network, she didn’t land some cop or doctor or lawyer on somebody else’s show like GOT. Anna does best as a one of the lead characters.

      This might not go to series, but glad she’s doing something opposite OD (she will always be Olivia Dunham to me). Anna has stated that and how draining OD was to play. Really opposite her real life personality. Really glad she didn’t just disappear which I could see happening given she’s such a private person.

      As for Ryan Murphy, don’t know him and don’t watch Glee or AHS, just not my thing. But it sounds like I do like his co-writer/producer who is from Dexter. Sounds like HBO really wanted this show and hopefully we’ll hear about it going to series.

      Welcome back Anna.

      Comment by JaniceLG – July 31, 2013 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m delighted she’s going to be back on TV, but it’s Ryan Murphy so I’m not expecting much, he’ll prob have her sleep with a man because lesbians have to do that apparently.

    Comment by Emma – July 31, 2013 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmmmz… never been wild about Ryan Murphy shows but Anna Torv alone boosts my hype meter on this project from a 0 to an 11 out of 10.

    Comment by Ashok – July 31, 2013 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am absolutely thrilled about Anna being back on tv!! I do have a question for Matt, though. I’ve read some newsbites that state that Anna will be the lead, starring in the show, while other sources have stated that she will be playing a woman who is a ‘potential recurring character’. Do you know which of these statements is correct?

    Comment by Mimi – July 31, 2013 09:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will watch anything and everything that Anna Torv is in, and I profoundly thank everyone in the Biz who casts her.

    Comment by Mimi – July 31, 2013 09:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am astonished at the degree of judgement that I am reading, 9 months before the pilot even airs. There are a lot more good actors out there than roles for them, and I for one am so thankful that I don’t have to wait years in order to see Anna back on my screen.

    Comment by Mimi – July 31, 2013 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show revolves around five characters, of which her character is one. That’s according to another article I read about the show.

    Comment by Joan – July 31, 2013 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv, I love her so much.. I’ve been waiting like years for her next project
    And this is it, i dont care bout her character, i just… want to see her again :D

    Comment by Tina – August 3, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I want to see anna with shelley conn I hope shelley plays grace

      Comment by debra ness – August 3, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was (and still am I guess) a huge fan of Fringe. There was something about Anna Torv that made me say to my friend that one day she would do something controversial. Not sure what it was but I just had a feeling. Looks like I was right! From what I have gathered, “Open” will be a highly and I mean, highly explicit and graphic. Not sure how I feel about it…

    Comment by Steve – August 4, 2013 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv is so great so i’m looking forward to watching it. :)

    Comment by David – August 5, 2013 02:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am a one eyed true blue aussie, and it is great to see we here in Aus have such great talent in the movie making business and TV series making. Anna Torv will no doubt be just as brilliant in “Open” as she was as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham and the lesbian character Alex ? (apologies last name) in Mistresses.

    Comment by Alex – August 18, 2013 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it just has to be shelley conn that plays grace.they belong together reallyyyyyyyy

      Comment by debra ness – August 18, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Masochist Musing and commented:
    And the only reason I’m watching Open on HBO is…Anna Torv. ;)

    Comment by masochistmusing – January 22, 2014 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here! But I haven’t heard a word about this show and air dates (or any info) at all. Has anyone here heard a word about Anna and Open?

      Comment by Mimi – March 21, 2014 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Open pilot actually just started filming 2/20. It’s been shooting throughout the entire month of March. A fan actually saw Anna on the Open set a few weeks ago, but wasn’t able to take any photos due to security. Hopefully we’ll learn more news soon!

        Comment by Andrew Moore (@ashok0) – March 21, 2014 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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