Facebook may dominate social media, but its Facebook Watch video feature has flown mostly under the radar, a situation the social media giant is looking to change. FW content (accessible through that little TV symbol) offers a wide variety, but its most recent effort “Sacred Lies” suggests Facebook is serious about going toe to toe with the more than 500 other scripted shows out there.
Based on the Stephanie Oakes novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly,” this 10-episode series tracks a young girl who emerges from the woods missing her hands and apparently having beaten a man to death. And it’s the first time that showrunner and creator Raelle Tucker of “True Blood” and “Jessica Jones” fame is heading her own show as opposed to partnering with a household name like Carlton Cuse or Alan Ball.
“I could stand beside them, and I could contribute a tremendous amount, but it was never something in which you’re putting yourself on the line in that way,” she tells CFX , noting she’s “terrified” but also excited. Tucker deserves credit for casting Elena Kampouris, who deftly plays troubled teen protagonist Minnow and must navigate intensely emotional scenes while also remembering that her character has no hands. “Every contact point, everything I’m doing in every scene you’re watching had to be dissected and analyzed by the FX team,” she tells us. Fans will no doubt also scrutinize her “handiwork” on the Facebook platform, and Kampouris says she looks forward to doubling down on social interaction as this creepy mystery unfolds.
“It’s on Facebook, so the fans can all create their theories of the show, and we can all communicate with them and engage,” she says. “We’ll be going on the journey with the fans.” If you want to join the darkness, the fourth episode drops Friday night (the first three launched simultaneously last week to, as Tucker puts it, ‘’get them hooked.”). A lot of competition for that these days, but Facebook thinks this one is in, uh… good hands.