Frances Conroy’s performance as the Fisher family matriarch, Ruth, was probably the best thing about Six Feet Under — a show jam-packed with many contenders for “best thing.” And yet, unlike co-stars Peter Krause or Michael C. Hall, after that series Conroy started appearing more often in supporting roles, like her guest role on Desperate Housewives, her admittedly thoroughly enjoyable bouquet of oddball characters (Myrtle Snow being a personal favorite) on American Horror Story, and as Dawn in Casual.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Conroy is starring in Spike’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella The Mist — and from the sound of it, there’s a bit of a Myrtle Snow-ish cognizance to her character. She’ll be playing the central character, Nathalie, who’s at once “more connected to nature than most people” but also impeccably good at seeing into people. The series, like the novella, is about the happenings in a small town after a mist sets in following a thunderstorm, turning the normal New England community into a Stephen King-y horror-scape.
The Mist, which was already made into a film with Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden in 2007, received a straight-to-series order for a 10-episode season from Spike.
In case you don’t quite understand the excitement: