Patrick Dempsey was one of the biggest names on the small screen thanks to his role as Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, but he's been absent ever since his character was killed off back in 2015 in a heartbreaking Season 11 episode. Now, Dempsey is poised to return to television for a project that will take him in a very different direction than McDreamy. He'll star in the upcoming event series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which will air on premium cable network Epix.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will be a 10-part event series based on the book of the same name by author Joel Dicker. Patrick Demsey will star as the titular Harry Quebert, who is a respected icon of literature until the body of a teenage girl is discovered buried on his property, resulting in Quebert's indictment for murder. The case is sensationalized and will likely bring a great deal of buzz to Quebert's town in coastal Maine. The discovery of the girl's body occurs when young author Marcus Goldman is visiting Quebert, who mentored him. Ben Schnetzer of Snowden and Pride will play Marcus Goldman.
The case against Harry Quebert will be based on more than just the discovery of human remains on his property. The body is that of Nola Kellergan (Kristine Froseth), who was Quebert's muse before her disappearance and death. Nola was missing for so long that her case went cold, but investigator Perry Gahalowood (Damon Wayans Jr.) finds the case heating up again with the discovery of her remains. Jenny Quinn (played by Tessa Mossey as a teen and Victoria Clark as an adult) becomes mixed up in the case, along with her mother Tamara (Virginia Madsen). Some of the most powerful people in New England get involved as the reopened investigation brings unwanted attention to certain circles.
Producers Lyn Greene and Richard Levine of the now-cancelled Masters of Sex and The Interestings wrote the script for the pilot and several of the ten episodes. Jean-Jacques Annaud of Seven Years in Tibet is set to make his TV directorial debut, as he will direct every episode of the event series. Greene, Levine, and Annaud all work as executive producers on the project as well. No premiere date for The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair has yet been set, but production is currently underway in Montreal, so hopefully we don't have to wait too long for the Epix debut.
While Epix isn't exactly the biggest name in premium cable television, it has attracted some big names in the past year. Get Shorty recently premiered on Epix with sitcom legend Ray Romano on board, and Meg Ryan signed on for a series of her own earlier this year. Now that Patrick Dempsey is attached to a series, it may be safe to say that Epix will continue to attract big names for new shows. Only time will tell.