Zero Fs will be Given with the offbeat new drama series, IN THE DARK, from Executive Producers Ben Stiller and The Big Sick's Michael Showalter. IN THE DARK is the story of a disaffected, blind twenty-something who tries to contain her vices and pull her mess of a life together long enough to find answers after stumbling upon what she suspects to be the body of her best friend and confidant in a Chicago alley.
Actress Perry Mattfeld takes on the role of Murphy, the adopted daughter of a couple who own and operate a struggling guide dog school. Her general apathy, dark wit, and gruff demeanor seem to apply to all but a sweet teenager named Tyson who she visits with regularly on her smoke breaks in a nearby alley. Her young friend's apparent death is complicated by the fact that the seemingly unreliable Murphy and her guide dog Pretzel are the only witnesses to the discovery and the evidence disappears before police respond. With truth and friendship as her guiding force, Murphy journeys down a path she's never traveled before.
Get to know Murphy with the new series IN THE DARK, Thursdays at 8pm on CW18.
Perry Mattfeld as Murphy Mason
Rich Sommer as Dean Riley
Brooke Markham as Jess Damon
Casey Diedrick as Max
Keston John as Darnell James
Morgan Krantz as Felix Bell
Thamela Mpumlwana as Tyson Parker
with Derek Webster as Hank Mason
and Kathleen York as Joy Mason
Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess, and—more reluctantly—her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents, Hank and Joy, own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose. So far, it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers, much to the particular chagrin of Joy and Felix, the administrator tasked with attempting to keep the unprofitable school going. Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson. Murphy and Tyson became friends after he saved her from a violent mugging, though his kindness and intelligence are currently going to waste as he deals drugs on the street for his older cousin, Darnell. Murphy’s life comes crashing down when, while out for a walk with Pretzel, she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment. But when the police arrive, including a salt-of-the-earth detective named Dean, there is no body to be found—and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is devastated, and the only thing holding her back from spiraling downward even further is her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. With the help of Jess—and Pretzel—Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk even if it means she has to sober up a little.