Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton has lined up her next television venture, as the actress is attached to produce a new project based on the exposure of Jeffrey Epstein as a sexual deviant and serial molester by the Miami Herald. The project comes from Storied Media Group, with company founder and CEO Todd Hoffman producing alongside Heaton. Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo is also on board to adapt the original articles the series is based on. As of now, it remains to be seen when the project will make it to air and on which network it will be featured.
In particular, this new Epstein project is based on the Perversion of Justice: Jeffrey Epstein series of articles originally printed by the Miami Herald. First published in 2018, the three-part series was written by investigative journalist Julie K. Brown and featured several interviews with victims of Epstein's sexual abuse. The story helped facilitate the ultimate downfall of the wealthy financier, eventually resulting in his arrest for sex trafficking in July of this year. Because of his various friendships with prominent names in politics and in Hollywood, Epstein's case received significant media attention, quickly turning him into one of the most infamous people in the world.
As we've all heard by now, Epstein was found dead in his prison cell just days ago. The suspicious death has brought about a flurry of different theories as to how it happened, with some accusations suggesting it was a murder orchestrated by powerful people to keep Epstein quiet. Less than two weeks before his death, Epstein had been found unconscious in his cell, and there were concerns he had tried to kill himself on that occasion as well. Still, the official story is that Epstein was taken off of suicide watch soon after for undetermined reasons, and the former financier reportedly killed himself when he was left alone unattended for hours. While this has left those hoping to see Epstein face justice severely disappointed, investigators will now focus their attention on the accomplices who helped facilitate his crimes.
Heaton first rose to fame co-starring with Ray Ramone on the classic sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nine seasons. The role earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Heaton would later star as another family matriarch on the ABC comedy series The Middle, which just concluded its run last year. The acclaimed actress also took home another Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Culinary Program for her Food Network series Patricia Heaton Parties.
While Heaton is getting more work as a producer, she will soon enough make her return to broadcast TV as well. In addition to executive producing, the actress is set to star this fall on the CBS comedy series Carol's Second Act with Kyle MacLachlan, Ashley Tisdale, and Lucas Neff. Heaton has certainly come a long way from her time as Debra Barone. The news about Heaton's upcoming Jeffrey Epstein project comes to us from Variety.