High Desert premieres Wednesday May 17th on AppleTV+.
The new AppleTV+ series High Desert is a fun comedic and dramatic journey directed by Jay Roach. In this series, Patricia Arquette plays a recovering drug addict named Peggy who’s trying to get a fresh start in the desert of Yucca Valley, California. Peggy meets Bruce(Brad Garrett) a washed-up detective and decides to become a private investigator.
The Knockturnal recently interviewed the director Jay Roach who directed all eight episodes. Jay told us that he was compelled to direct this show after hearing Patricia Arquette explain her interesting character. Jay explained why he found Peggy so interesting, “She’s coping with a lot of dysfunctions. But the flipside of her dysfunction is her functionality, where she actually helps a lot of people in the desert and then decides to become a private investigator because who wouldn’t?”
We also spoke with Christine Taylor(Dianne) and Keir O’Donnell(Stewart) who play Peggy’s siblings in this series. Christine explained, “The siblings in this story are sort of a grounding force of Peggy.” Dianne and Stewart attempt to protect Peggy from her ambitious ideas as they grieve the death of their mother. Keir told us that “It’s such a wonderful world with just wild, zany characters…I think a lot of the comedy comes from pain sometimes, and there’s a lot of sort of like heaviness, almost like we’re grieving for our dead mother.”
Watch the three episode premiere of High Desert this Wednesday only on AppleTV with new episodes + on Wednesdays through June 21.