Sharp Objects preview: Air date, time, trailer and what you need to know


“Sharp Objects,” a psychological thriller/murder mystery miniseries starring Amy Adams, premieres on Sunday, July 8 at 9  p.m. on HBO.  

Created by Marti Noxon and based on the 2006 novel by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects is about a reporter, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), covering the murders of two young girls in her hometown.

The trailer suggests something sinister and mysterious about the town she’s returning to,  and possibly even about herself.

Possible Impressions

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In the novel, Camille Preaker is a psychologically damaged woman, who spent years in a psychiatric hospital due to self-harm (as the title slyly implies). As one might expect, her family is dysfunctional as well (how many cutters come from perfectly tranquil families?).

While the series may deviate from the novel in some ways, one can bet it will be a twisted road. Some aspects will surely be similar to Twin Peaks (though presumably less weird). We can surely expect to see tempers flare, blame passed around, and past regrets emerge in this 8-part series.

Will it deliver?  The novel itself was a critical success, with Kirkus Reviews calling it “Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.”  It definitely has star power and has tried and true folks producing it.  Also, with HBO involved, it’s even less likely to sink into obscurity.

The People Involved

In addition to starring, Amy Adams is also a producer on Sharp Objects. Adams, of course, has carved a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Though she’s not common to the thriller genre, she did star in Nocturnal Animals, which was largely a critical success.

Sharp Objects also stars Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport, Chris Messina, Matt Craven, Taylor John Smith and Sophia Lillis.  It should be noted that Sophia Lillis played Beverly Marsh in the smash hit 2017 horror film, It.  Here she will play the Camille Preaker as a youth.

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The series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, of Big Little Lies fame. The showrunner, Marti Noxon, is known for the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, UnREAL and Code Black.

It is produced by Blumhouse Television and Entertainment One.