On Becoming a God in Central Florida

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On Becoming a God
in Central Florida
On Becoming a God in Central Florida logo.png
Genre
Created by
  • Robert Funke
  • Matt Lutsky
Starring
Composers
  • Danny Bensi
  • Saunder Jurriaans
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
CinematographyTobias Datum
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–48 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseAugust 25 (2019-08-25) –
October 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)
External links
Website

On Becoming a God in Central Florida is an American dark comedy television series created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky that premiered on Showtime on August 25, 2019. The series stars Kirsten Dunst and is set in the early 1990s.

In September 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[4] However, in October 2020, the renewal decision was reversed and the series was canceled after one season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Plot[edit]

Krystal Stubbs is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee in Greater Orlando who schemes her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise, a cultish, flag-waving, multi-billion dollar multi-level marketing/pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [7]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Stinker Thinker"Charlie McDowellRobert Funke & Matt LutskyAugust 16, 2019 (2019-08-16) (online)
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) (Showtime)
0.173[8]

Krystal Stubbs is a new mother whose husband, Travis, sells insurance but is primarily focused on leaving his job and selling Founders American Merchandise (FAM) full time.

Under pressure from Travis's up-line, Krystal tries to pressure the bosses of the waterpark where she works to only stock FAM. When that fails she finally puts her foot down with Travis and insists that she will only support his ambitions if he fully commits to his insurance job. Travis nevertheless quits and dies shortly after in a freak accident involving an alligator. Travis' funeral is attended by the founder, who urges a skeptical Krystal to keep her husband's downline but refuses to provide her with any financial compensation.
2"The Gloomy-Zoomies"Jeremy PodeswaRobert FunkeAugust 16, 2019 (2019-08-16) (online)
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) (Showtime)
0.138[8]
Krystal struggles with the reality of being a single mother and realizes that her situation is even worse than she thought as Travis had remortgaged the house and left them deeply in debt. Travis's up-line, Cody Bonar, struggles with how to keep Krystal and her downline part of his team as commission from Travis was a substantial part of his downline. After burning through some of her goodwill, Krystal accepts an offer from Cody for a one time advance in order to stay with FAM and recruit others.
3"A Positive Spin!"Rose TrocheMatt LutskySeptember 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)0.216[9]
Krystal loses her home and is forced to stay at work while trying to scrape by. Delivering product to her downline she meets Mimi and discovers one more devastating secret Travis was hiding from her. Fed up Krystal smooth talks Cody into letting her speak to his downline under the guise of talking him up while secretly planning to tell the captive audience how selling FAM ruined her life.
4"Manifest Destinee"Rodman FlenderPamela DavisSeptember 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)0.235[10]
5"Many Masters"Daniel ScheinertMike GoldbachSeptember 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)0.216[11]
6"American Merchandise"Julie Anne RobinsonCarlos RiosSeptember 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)0.185[12]
7"Flint Glass"Matt SpicerEsta SpaldingSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)0.214[13]
8"Birthday Party"So Yong KimRobert Funke & Matt LutskyOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)0.161[14]
9"Wham Bam Thank You FAM"Tricia BrockStory by : Pamela Davis
Teleplay by : Jessica Blaire and Stephanie Riggs
October 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)0.132[15]
10"Go Getters Gonna Go Getcha"Charlie McDowellRobert Funke & Matt Lutsky & Esta SpaldingOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)0.179[16]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 6, 2017, it was reported that AMC was developing the production. The series was created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky who also wrote the pilot episode and were set to executive produce for the series alongside Kirsten Dunst, Yorgos Lanthimos, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov. Lanthimos was also set to direct. Production companies involved with the series were expected to include Smokehouse Pictures, TriStar Television, and AMC Studios.[17][18]

On June 25, 2018, it was announced that the production had moved to YouTube Premium, which had given it a series order for a first season consisting of 10 episodes. It was further reported that Esta Spalding and Charlie McDowell had joined the series as executive producers. Spaulding is also set to serve as showrunner and McDowell is set to direct, replacing Lanthimos as executive producer and director.[6][19][20]

On June 17, 2019, it was announced that Showtime, which had acquired the series from TriStar, would air the series instead of YouTube and that it would premiere on August 25, 2019.[21]

On September 26, 2019, Showtime renewed the series for a second season.[4] However, on October 7, 2020, Showtime reversed the renewal and canceled the series, stating that "the [COVID-19 pandemic] has continued to challenge schedules across the board, and although we have made every effort to reunite the cast and crew for a second season, that has become untenable."[5]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial development announcement, it was confirmed that Kirsten Dunst would star in the series.[17] On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Théodore Pellerin had been cast in a lead role.[22] On September 14, 2018, it was reported that Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez, and Beth Ditto had joined the cast in series regular roles and that Usman Ally would appear on a recurring basis.[23] On October 5, 2018, it was announced that Julie Benz had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[24] On November 28, 2018, it was reported that Melissa De Sousa would appear in a recurring role.[25]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series commenced in October 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[22] On October 8, 2018, filming took place in Westwego, Louisiana.[26]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 85% based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 7.29/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it loses a bit of narrative steam, On Becoming a God in Central Florida proves a clever and absurd satire that will make you want to buy whatever Kirsten Dunst is selling."[27] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Kirsten Dunst Nominated [29]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [30]
Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Comedy Robert F. Funke and Matt Lutsky (for "The Stinker Thinker") Nominated [31]

References[edit]

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