Florida on TV: ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida,’ ‘Florida Girls’ and more new shows set here

Showtime’s Kirsten Dunst-led drama follows the announcement of Pop’s show set in Clearwater.
Published June 18
Updated June 18

Showtime’s surprise summer series On Becoming a God in Central Florida is the latest scripted show set in the Sunshine State. Florida is already the setting for TNT’s Claws (set in Palmetto), Fresh off the Boat (set in Orlando) and the Pop network’s upcoming Florida Girls, a comedy with the tagline “No shirt, no shoes, no shame” about four broke, young women in Clearwater.

Florida Girls was created by The Mick producer Laura Chinn, and is said to be inspired by her real-life experiences growing up on Florida’s west coast.

That’s to say nothing of the MTV reality series Siesta Key, and Floribama Shore, currently filming around St. Pete Beach, or the true crime series Florida Man, which is in the works from the Oxygen network.

Variety reports that the one-hour On Becoming a God in Central Florida, premiering at 10 p.m. Aug. 25, is set in a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, and Kirsten Dunst stars as a minimum wage-earning water park employee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dunst plays “Krystal Stubbs, who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM) — the cultish, flag-waving, multi-billion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine).”

The show’s first season was filmed in Louisiana.

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