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First full season of ‘I Love Dick” airs May 12

April 20th, 2017 under Top Stories

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(AMAZON STUDIOS photo) Kevin Bacon and Katherine Hahn of I Love Dick.

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Season one of “I Love Dick,” set in Marfa, will air May 12.

The eight-episode season, from Emmy-award winning “Transparent” director and writer Jill Soloway, will be released in one go on Amazon Prime Video and features Kathryn Hahn, Kevin Bacon, Griffin Dunne and an extras cast of Marfa, Presidio and Far West Texas residents.

The pilot for “I Love Dick” premiered in August last year to mixed reviews. At the time of print, customer reviews for the pilot average 3.3 stars out of five.

Actors and crew arrived in Marfa in May of last year to shoot the pilot, using locals as extras and stand-ins, as well as businesses such as the Capri, the Hotel Paisano, The Get Go, and the Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlor. They returned in December to begin filming exterior shots for the new season and wrapped in January.

In the upcoming season, Chris (Hahn), who starred in “Transparent,” and Sylvere (Dunne) arrive in town after Sylvere is offered a fellowship to finish a book he’s been writing on the Holocaust. The couple meet Dick (Bacon) who taunts their imaginations and upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy. An exploration of the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire, “I Love Dick” charts the evolution of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the deification of a writer named Dick, according to an Amazon Studios news release.

Adapted from Chris Kraus’s cult classic book of the same title, which the Guardian newspaper called “the most important book about men and women written in the last century,” “I Love Dick” follows Chris’s obsession with Dick, a cultural theorist, who Kraus told artnet.com is a real person. “And I really fell in love with him, I didn’t set out to write a book. And I wanted him to love me too so I started writing letters. 200 of them. And then he didn’t answer,” she said.

Soloway has credited her partner, poet and part-time Marfa resident Eileen Myles, with envisioning Marfa as the setting for the show, taking it from Southern California where the novel is primarily set, to the a la mode art town in the West Texas desert.

While in town, Bacon surprised Marfa ISD teachers and staff at their end of year party by presenting a $5,000 check to the Marfa Education Foundation.

The producers rented the Marfa ISO building hall for its production office during filming, Marfa ISD’s gym for 10 days for catering services.

The pilot episode is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, while the first season will be available May 12. A subscription to Amazon Prime is needed to access their streaming service.

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