EXCLUSIVE: Picnic star Olivia Scott Welch was chosen to star alongside Bob Odenkirk and Mireille Enos in straight manadaptation of the AMC series based on the novel by Richard Russo of the former Murder writer-producer Aaron Zelman and Office alum Paul Lieberstein.
In TriStar TV’s dramedy, William Henry Devereux Jr. (Odenkirk) is the chair of the English department at an underfunded college in Pennsylvania’s rust belt. His dissatisfaction is rooted in unresolved issues with his father, a mediocre and titled student body, and the fact that his faculty is more severely divided than the Balkans.
Welch will play Julie, the only child of Hank (Odenkirk) and Lily (Enos). Julie confuses Hank, the daughter with whom he has almost nothing in common (at least he thinks so). She doesn’t like to read, never graduated from college, doesn’t have a job that pays her enough to live on, and yet she feels entitled to follow her parents’ lifestyle. But she’s strong-willed and cold-blooded, a person who knows exactly what she wants in life, even if she’s a little misguided about how to get it.
Zelman and Lieberstein are executive producers along with Odenkirk, Peter Farrelly, director, Russo, Naomi Odenkirk and Mark Provisiero. The film is produced by Sony Pictures’ TriStar TV and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via.
Welch recently headlined Prime Video’s YA series. Panic. She will soon be seen in a Netflix series. street of fear film trilogy adapted from R. L. Stine’s best-selling series. Her previous series work also includes a role on Netflix. IncredibleABC modern family and Marvel Agent Carter. She is represented by UTA, Vault Entertainment and Kopeikin Law.