The Arrangement Preview

The Arrangement's Autumn Reeser Previews E!'s Twisted Showbiz Drama

Autumn Reeser has negotiated a Hollywood agreement before on Entourage. But her new series The Arrangement is about a different kind of La La Land deal-making: contract marriage.

In the E! drama (premiering this Sunday at 10/9c), unknown actress Megan (The Walking Dead‘s Christine Evangelista) is offered $10 million by megastar Kyle (Dallas‘ Josh Henderson) to be his wife. Alias vet Michael Vartan costars as Kyle’s friend/mentor Terence, who heads the self-help organization The Institute for the Higher Mind.

The group may share a likeness with Scientology, but “there are elements of a lot of different philosophies [and] religions that are reflected in this institution,” says Reeser, who plays Megan’s aggressive and very pregnant agent Leslie. It’s a role the actress is familiar with, having gone toe-to-toe with Entourage‘s Ari Gold.

The Arrangement PreviewMuch like her agent character on the HBO comedy, Leslie is “great at her job,” Reeser describes. “She’s very clear about her opinions, and she’s not afraid to share them. She’s not afraid of conflict. She goes after what she wants — a nasty woman. I feel like she’s very modern and very now.”

But the similarities between the two shows end there. “This is much more of an exploration of the relationship side of Hollywood,” Reeser says. “How do you sustain a relationship, and how much of them are real at this high level? It’s not like an A-list star can just go on Tinder to find a date.”

Hence the unconventional proposal presented to her client, which Leslie believes “is what’s going to be best for Megan’s career,” Reeser shares. “She has to deal with the repercussions of that on a deeper, personal level later, because of course it ends up not all going according to plan.” For now, however, Leslie is “looking after Megan’s best interests as an actress. She’s not Megan’s mother. She’s Megan’s agent,” Reeser notes.

That position puts her up against the controlling Terence, whose self-help org is “just this pesky little fly” to Leslie.

“They want different things,” Reeser previews. “The people in Kyle’s corner are looking out for Kyle, the people in Megan’s corner are looking out for Megan and they’re going to have conflict about what is the best decision to make going forward.”

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  1. omar says:

    Interesting. Sounds great.

  2. c-mo says:

    This sounds really good but won’t watch anything live on E!, too many commercials for that one reality show.

  3. Mike says:

    already seen the first episode it was good

  4. MLPR says:

    I really loved the pilot. Michael Vartan’s character creeps me out already. And Megan apparently has some sort of secret…so interesting!

  5. Hollie says:

    So excited Michael Vartan is back on TV! This show is worth a look!

  6. Cas says:

    You had me at Michael Vartan!

  7. tjchurch2001 says:

    BIG waste of BIGGER talent! The second I started seeing ads for this show, I looked it up online. Synopsis (including lead female’s name) sounds ripped from Meghan Markle’s romance with Prince Harry.

    I know nothing (& care to know no more) about Scientology, but that part (waste of Vartan, as I never saw “Alias”, but saw him on “Friends”, in movies, etc.) sounds like at least one if not both of the places “NCIS: Los Angeles” has sent Kensi & Deeks undercover in.

    Is Hollywood really this hurt for ideas that they have to rip pieces of actors’ real lives & one-episode storylines from other shows to make something?! (Whatever happened to “Political Animals” & other great “limited series” instead of “binge-watching” & Netflix remakes of actual ’70s shows?!)