A woman calls your phone with a siren in the background, claiming your estranged husband, the father of your children, has been hurt in a terrible accident. The only way to save him is to wire $12,000 — your entire bank account, which you’d hoped would cover the overdue mortgage payments — to the treatment facility where he’s going through rehab. Without thinking, you immediately do it. But then when you call the facility, he’s fine: No one there called you. It was all a scam.
Welcome to Motherhacker, a new scripted-fiction podcast from Gimlet media. Starring Carrie Coon (Fargo, The Leftovers) as Bridget, a PTA mom who finds herself in such a position, te podcast explores what happens when an otherwise good person is put in such a compromising situation. As laid out in this exclusive visual trailer, Bridget isn’t given much of a choice — it’s either join the team or face financial ruin. But what does it mean if she thrives? Written by playwright Sandi Farkas and directed by Amanda Lipitz, the show also features well-known actors Lucas Hedges, Pedro Pascal, and Tavi Gevinson.
Scripted fiction podcasts — essentially, old-timey radio dramas — have been gaining ground over the past year, with Gevinson herself even starring in her own sci-fi comedy Bubble in 2018. Yet Motherhacker is trying out a new formula: Not only are the episodes shorter (10 to 15 minutes), they dropping all nine, 10- to 15-minute episodes on Spotify on Wednesday, November 13th.