"The Girlfriend Experience" (TV show) is a scripted anthology series on Starz that is inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures film of the same title.

The series explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors — or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) — share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.

Riley Keough ("Magic Mike," "Mad Max: Fury Road") stars as Christine Reade, a law student at the University of Chicago and an intern at a prestigious law firm, who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Attracted to the rush of control and easy money, Christine has to confront her own conflicting identities. She learns to navigate and manipulate the big personalities in both worlds to get what she wants, in the process becoming a quasi-lover and confidant to men who are willing to pay richly for her time, offering a service known as a GFE (Girlfriend Experience).

The cast also includes Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul Sparks and Kate Lyn Sheil.

Season 2

Breaking with last season's format and following two parallel stories this season, the series will focus on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines and locations while exploring the price of intimacy and its emotional consequences. One storyline for the anthology series will be set in Washington, D.C. and the other, in New Mexico.

The first storyline is set against the backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the upcoming 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, where everything and everyone has a price. This section of the second season tracks an unexpected and complex relationship between Erica Myles (Anna Friel, "Broken," "Marcella," "Pushing Daisies"), a commanding and strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC, and Anna Greenwald (Louisa Krause, "Billions," "Blue Bloods," "The Flick"), a confident and intelligent GFE provider at the top of her game. Erica is under intense pressure to deliver on her super PAC fundraising goals. She meets Anna and enlists her help in blackmailing a high-powered dark money fundraiser. After their initial exchange, Erica and Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission, which also draws in Erica's manipulative ex-girlfriend. The mix of personal instability and career pressure mount and lead Erica down a path, both professionally and personally, that she struggles to control.

The second storyline follows Bria Jones (Carmen Ejogo, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," "Selma," "Zero Hour"). After discovering disturbing information about a regular client, Jones is forced to relocate to a remote location in New Mexico. Unable to shake her desire for risky relationships and the finer things in life, Bria navigates her new penniless and surreal existence by forming eerily intimate transactional relationships. While Bria's ghosts from the past continue to haunt, her new connections with men redefine the meaning of the Girlfriend Experience.

"The Girlfriend Experience" is produced by Transactional Pictures, which licensed the rights from the owner of the original feature film, Magnolia Pictures. Steven Soderberg, Philip Fleishman, Gary Marcus and Jeff Cuban serve as executive producers along with independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, who also write and direct on the series.

The original feature, directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

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Network: Starz
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: April 10, 2016
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Transactional Pictures

Riley Keough to Star in 'The Girlfriend Experience' — The new Starz anthology series has cast the "Magic Mike" actress as a law student at the University of Chicago and an intern at a prestigious law firm, who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Read more...
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