Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard Board NBC Miniseries The Slap

Mary-Louise Parker Peter Sarsgaard The Slap NBC

Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard now have a hand in The Slap.

The Weeds and Killing stars, respectively, have joined NBC’s miniseries about a family that falls apart after one man slaps another couple’s naughty child, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Sarsgaard will play Hector, cousin to the slapper. Hector is a husband and father tempted by his wife’s teenage receptionist during a party.

Parker’s role, Anouk, is a head writer who’s dating the series’ young leading man. Anouk and Hector are good friends.


The Slap is the Peacock Net’s eight-hour take on a 2011 Australian series. Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters) will pen the project; Baitz also will executive-produce with director Lisa Chodolenko (Olive Kitteridge), Tony Ayres and Crossbones‘ Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.

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  1. curtlyon19 says:

    why, I say again why? this so so Aussie series (6 only episodes or so) was ok, but wont play well here. The premise just wont work like it did there

    see how well the incredibly great Aussie series RAKE did? without Roxburgh, it just fell on its face and, I predict, so will this

    • Moment says:

      It’s too early to say if it will do well or not. A lot will depend on what day, and what time NBC place the show in their schedule. They may even decide to slot it in place of a poor performing show, and find that it does surprisingly well.

      I’m reserving judgement until we get a premiere date for it.

  2. Jared says:

    Awesome news! I love Mary Louise-Parker and am very excited for this series.

  3. The Aussie series was pretty rubbish really..why bother?