Starz has added Betty Gilpin and Dan Stevens, as well as Shea Whigham and Darby Camp, to the main cast of Watergate drama Gaslit.


Emmy-nominated Gilpin (GLOW) will play Mo Dean, joining Stevens as her husband John Dean.

Gilpin’s Mo Dean is a former stewardess who meets John Dean on a blind date and falls in love with him just as he becomes embroiled in Watergate. Sharp and quick-thinking, Mo learns her new husband is a principal figure in the scandal as they’re both thrust onto a national stage.

Stevens’ John Dean is a hotshot young lawyer who is climbing the ranks of White House Counsel when the Watergate break-in occurs. He finds himself in the center of a political scandal, realizing that he’s bound himself to an administration that wants him to take the fall.

Also cast as series regulars are Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and Camp (Big Little Lies) in the drama based on the first season of the Slate podcast Slow Burn.

Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal, from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down.


Taking the lead are Sean Penn as Richard Nixon’s loyal attorney general, John Mitchell, and Julia Roberts as Mitchell’s Arkansan socialite wife, Martha, whose story is what kicks things off in the podcast.

Like the podcast, Gaslit appears to focus on the behind-the-scenes stories that fell by the wayside of the well-known Watergate scandal. As the official podcast synopsis states:

“You think you know the story, or maybe you don’t. But Watergate was stranger, wilder, and more exciting than you can imagine. What did it feel like to live through the scandal that brought down President Nixon? Find out on this eight-episode podcast miniseries hosted by Leon Neyfakh.”


Gaslit will air on Starz in the U.S. and Canada and on its international premium streaming platform Starzplay across Europe, Latin America and Japan.

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