Hulu gets in on the true-crime trend with the anthology, The Act, about seemingly ordinary types — who aren't at all what they appear.
Patricia Arquette plays Dee Dee Blanchard, a Missouri single mom who lied that her totally healthy daughter Gypsy (Joey King) had brain damage, cancer, asthma — you name it — and scored charity from it.
"They looked like a loving mother and daughter," says cowriter and executive producer Michelle Dean, "but they had a big secret that eventually tore them apart."
Plus, Hugh Laurie and Christopher Abbott get into character.
Dee Dee even pushed Gypsy in a wheelchair. That is, until Gypsy hatched a plot to murder her mom in 2015, after years of manipulation.
And, adds Dean, Arquette and King don't just look like the unhinged duo: "They get at all the emotions."
The Act, Premieres Wednesday, March 20, Hulu