Dare Me, Megan Abbot’s dark, gripping exploration of the teenage psyche set in the competitive world of high school cheerleading, has been adapted into a TV series by USA Network. The series is part small-town drama, part murder mystery, and is sure to appeal to fans of shows such as Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. Megan, an award-winning author of five novels and a television writer known for her work on acclaimed HBO series The Deuce, wrote and co-produced the series. Here’s everything we know so far.

 

What is Dare Me about?

Megan Abbott’s novel Dare Me immerses the reader in the competitive world of high school cheerleading in this dark story exploring the psyche of teenage girls. Addy and Beth, best friends and members of the cheerleading squad, find their friendship tested and their lives turned upside down with the arrival of Collette French, their new coach. Collette turns the girls into warriors, and rivals, but she’s also playing a deadly game of her own. The TV series is based on the novel, and the script was written by the novel’s author Megan Abbott. 

 

Who stars in Dare Me?

Dare Me stars Herizen F. Guardiola, who appeared in Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, as Addy Hanlon, and Marlo Kelly as Beth Cassidy. Collette French will be played by Willa Fitzgerald, who is best known for her role in Scream: the TV series

 

When is Dare Me on TV?

The premiere of Dare Me hasn’t yet been announced, but the series will be shown on USA Network in the US, while co-producers Netflix have first-run rights to the series outside the US.