“Everybody in this show has some degree of desperation and is just trying to stay one step ahead of disaster”: Brad Garrett on High Desert
New comedy High Desert is an eight-episode series written by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford and Jennifer Hoppe-House for Apple TV+. It details the story of Peggy (Patricia Arquette), who is struggling with her inner turmoil after her husband Denny (Matt Dillon) is sent to prison for dealing drugs, and recently losing her beloved and elderly mother. She decides to stay in the family home, despite being a recovering addict who can’t afford the upkeep as she struggles to hold down a dependable job; cue her more sensible siblings, tired of financially supporting her situation, who step in to try and sell the family house, much to her despair.
Spurred on to find the funds to keep her home, Peggy finds her drug-addled hallucinations and withdrawals blurring the reality of what she can achieve, and soon she’s applying for a job as a private investigator assistant in a floundering one-man firm. The series then follows the bittersweet chaos and drama that unfolds around her as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move forward.
The Upcoming had the pleasure of speaking to Brad Garrett about his role as PI Bruce Harvey, what it was like working so closely with Arquette, the appeal of this story and the comedy elements of the series. He also detailed collaborating with director Jay Roach, and having Ben Stiller on board as executive producer, too.
High Desert is released on Apple TV+ on 17th May 2023.
Watch the trailer for High Desert here: