Jennifer Coolidge Tries to Sell 657 Boulevard in Ryan Murphy's 'The Watcher' Teaser

Netflix's version of 657 Boulevard is turnkey, but the neighborhood may leave some things to be desired.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Jennifer Coolidge in 'The Watcher'


The next Ryan Murphy series to debut on Netflix is The Watcher, and to introduce it, the streamer has pulled out the big guns in series star Jennifer Coolidge.

In a three-minute video, Coolidge, who plays real estate agent Karen Calhoun, welcomes the audience to 657 Boulevard, her new listing.

But it won't be available for long, as Dean and Nora Brannock (Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts are moving into the neighborhood. That neighborhood is the idyllic suburb of Westfield, N.J., and they put everything they have into their new home, only to realize that the term "idyllic" may be relative.

For one thing, a kooky neighbor named Pearl (Mia Farrow) and her brother Jasper (Terry Kinney) have their eye on the couple — so much so that Jasper hides in their dumbwaiter. Additional nosy neighbors include Mitch (Richard Kind) and Mo (Margo Martindale) who play fast and loose with property lines. And Karen herself makes Dean and Nora feel like they don't belong there, even though Karen and Nora go way back.

"You can actually look out and see everything that's going on in the town, but you wanna keep the curtains closed. There's a lot of weird neighbors out there and stuff. You don't want them watching you, that's for sure," Coolidge's Karen says in the video.

And then there are the letters from someone calling themself The Watcher, and this ominous correspondence concerns them further. Slowly but surely the neighborhood's secrets are revealed, and they are sinister. The series is based on the true story of the real 657 Boulevard in New Jersey, which was purchased by a young couple, Derek and Maria Broaddus, the better part of a decade ago. They really did receive letters from someone calling themself The Watcher, who explained that was a job the person's family members had done for decades. The story was previously the subject of the 2016 film also titled The Watcher.

The series is created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, and both men serve as executive producers alongside Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Bryan Unkeless, Eric Newman, Paris Barclay, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Scoop Wasserstein, and Watts.

Joe Mantello, Noma Dumezweni, Christopher McDonald, Michael Nouri, Isabel Gravitt, Henry Hunter Hall, and Luke David Blumm also star in The Watcher, which does not yet have an announced release date. Learn more about Netflix's version of the house here.