The Residence (TV series)

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The Residence
Created by
  • Paul William Davies
Based onThe Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
by Kate Andersen Brower
Developed by
  • Paul William Davies
Directed by
Country of origin
  • United States
Original language
  • English
Executive producers
Production company
Original release

The Residence is an upcoming mystery-drama television series created by Paul William Davies for Netflix. Inspired by The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower, the series revolves around a fictional murder scandal involving the staff of the White House.[1][2] Produced by Shondaland, the series is set to launch globally on the streaming platform.


Set in "upstairs, downstairs, and backstairs" of the White House, Cordelia Cupp, an eccentric detective, arrives on the premise in order to solve a murder which happened during a state dinner. During the investigation, interpersonal conflicts between 157 personnel of the residence start to unfold.[1][2][3]




On July 20, 2018, Netflix announced The Residence as a part of nine-figure deal between the streamer and Shondaland, with both of them acquiring the rights to adapt the non-fiction book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, written by Kate Andersen Brower.[4][5][6] On March 7, 2022, it was unveiled that The Residence would consist of eight-one hour episodes with Paul William Davies, writer of Scandal and creator of For the People, serving as the executive producer and showrunner of the series as a part of his overall deal with Netflix.[1][2] Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland would also join Davies as executive producers.[7][8] On February 27, 2023, Liza Johnson was announced as the director for the first four episodes.[9][10]


On February 1, 2023, Uzo Aduba was announced as the lead character of the series.[11][12][13] More casts were revealed on February 27, 2023, with Andre Braugher, Susan Kelechi Watson, Ken Marino, Jason Lee, Bronson Pinchot, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Edwina Findley, Molly Griggs, Al Mitchell, Dan Perrault and Mary Wiseman joining Aduba in supporting roles.[9][10][14] On March 7, 2023, Randall Park and Spencer Garrett were revealed to have joined the cast in a main and a recurring role respectively.[15][16] The next day, four more cast members were announced which consists of E.L. Losada, Matt Oberg, Ryan Farrell, and Alexandra Siegel.[16] On March 30, 2023, Barrett Foa joined the main cast in a recurring capacity.[17]


On July 18, 2022, it was revealed that the series received tax credits from California Film Office worth US$13.95 million.[18][19] Production of the series was suspended by the 2023 Hollywood labor disputes after four of the eight ordered episodes were filmed. The series was expected to resume production on January 2, 2024.[3] Andre Braugher died on December 11, 2023. In February 2024, it was announced that production had resumed and Giancarlo Esposito had assumed Braugher's role.[20]


  1. ^ a b c Cordero, Rosy (March 7, 2022). "Shondaland Drama Series 'The Residence' From Paul William Davies Ordered By Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Otterson, Joe (March 7, 2022). "Netflix Orders White House Mystery Drama 'The Residence' From Shondaland, 'For the People' Creator". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 13, 2023). "André Braugher's Final Series 'The Residence' Remains Unfinished After Strike-Related Shutdown". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2023.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (July 20, 2018). "Shondaland Unveils Netflix Series Slate: 'Bridgerton', Anna Delvey Project, 'The Warmth Of Other Suns', 'The Residence', Ellen Pao Project, More". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (July 20, 2018). "Shonda Rhimes Developing 'Reset,' 'Warmth of Other Suns' and Six Other Series for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  6. ^ "NETFLIX AND SHONDALAND ANNOUNCE FIRST SLATE OF SERIES". About Netflix. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  7. ^ Lash, Jolie (March 7, 2022). "Netflix Orders Murder-Mystery from Shondaland Set in the White House". The Wrap. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  8. ^ "New Shondaland Murder-Mystery Drama 'The Residence' Ordered to Series at Netflix". About Netflix. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 27, 2023). "'The Residence': Andre Braugher, Susan Kelechi Watson & Ken Marino Among 11 Cast In Netflix's Shondaland Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  10. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (February 27, 2023). "Shondaland Netflix Series 'The Residence' Adds 11 to Cast, Including Andre Braugher, Jason Lee, Bronson Pinchot, Susan Kelechi Watson". Variety. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 1, 2023). "Uzo Aduba To Star In Netflix Drama Series 'The Residence' From Shondaland". Deadline. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 1, 2023). "Uzo Aduba to Lead Shondaland Series 'The Residence' at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 1, 2023). "Uzo Aduba to Star in Shondaland White House Murder-Mystery 'The Residence'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 27, 2023). "Andre Braugher, Susan Kelechi Watson Among 11 Cast in Shondaland's 'The Residence'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 7, 2023). "'The Residence': Randall Park Cast As Series Regular; Spencer Garrett To Recur In Netflix's Shondaland Drama". Deadline. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  16. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (March 8, 2023). "Shondaland Netflix Series 'The Residence' Adds Four to Cast (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (March 30, 2023). "'The Residence': Barrett Foa Joins Netflix's Shondaland Drama As Recurring". Deadline. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  18. ^ Patten, Dominic (July 18, 2022). "'Star Wars' Series 'Skeleton Crew,' Shonda Rhimes' White House Drama 'The Residence,' & Robert Downey Jr's 'The Sympathizer' Adaptation Awarded Big CA Tax Credits". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  19. ^ Maddaus, Gene (July 18, 2022). "'Star Wars' Series 'Skeleton Crew' Gets $21 Million Subsidy From California". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2024). "Giancarlo Esposito Takes On Andre Braugher's Role In Netflix's 'The Residence'; Al Franken Playing Senator Among Other Cast Additions". Deadline. Retrieved February 7, 2024.

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