Angie Harmon plays a woman with a very complicated past in the new Lifetime movie Buried in Barstow. Hazel King is a single mom and restaurant owner who will do anything to protect her daughter. The role marks the former Rizzoli & Islands Star returns to television after a six-year hiatus from acting. And it won’t be the last time we see Harmon – or Hazel King. A Buried in Barstow A sequel is already in the works and Harmon has said she hopes there will be more films in the future.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Buried in Barstow.]
Angie Harmon plays a single mom with a secret in her new Lifetime movie
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in the Buried in Barstow, Hazel leads a seemingly quiet life in Barstow, California, where she owns a barbecue restaurant and raises daughter Joy (Lauren Richards). It’s a long way from her former life in Las Vegas, where she was a heroin-addicted teenager who was taken off the streets and molded into a calculating hitman.
Hazel left her violent life behind when she became pregnant with her daughter. But now, almost two decades later, her past has caught up with her. Her old boss – played by her Rizzoli & Islands Co-Star Bruce McGill – calls her back to Vegas to do another job. Meanwhile, back in Barstow, she takes extreme measures to protect Joy from a bad friend while becoming involved with a stranger named Elliot (Kristoffer Polaha), who appears in town under mysterious circumstances.
The film ends with a violent cliffhanger. Hazel finds out that Elliot worked for her old boss, whom he met in prison. But before she can confront him, she interrupts an ongoing kidnapping and is shot dead outside her diner. Meanwhile, her daughter’s abusive boyfriend, Travis (Timothy Granaderos), turned out to be not dead after all. He returns to Barstow and Joy seems eager to rekindle their relationship.
“Buried in Barstow” is getting a sequel
Buried in Barstow ends with a “To be continued…” Luckily, viewers don’t have to worry about never seeing the next chapter of Hazel’s story. According to Lifetime, the film is the first in a planned series, and Harmon has confirmed that work on the sequel has already begun. She hopes there could be half a dozen movies or more where she turns killer waitress.
“[W]We don’t have an exact number,” Harmon told Smashing Interviews Magazine. “I want it to be six to eight and hopefully we can do that. I saw it more as a series. But I appreciate the vision Tom has [Evans, the movie’s screenwriter] has about two-hour film segments for it. But I am not sure. If people keep liking them, maybe we’ll keep making them. Hopefully. We start filming for the next one in early June.”
Harmon says “Buried in Barstow” is different than the typical Lifetime film
Harmon – who is also an executive producer Buried in Barstow – says the film being directed Pretty in Pink‘s Howard Deutch, is something of a departure for Lifetime. It’s darker and more violent.
“You can’t have an assassin story that isn’t dark and gritty,” Harmon told Emmy Magazine. “That’s what they hired me for! To get away from the typical Lifetime cookie cutter movies. And to their credit, they said, ‘Okay, it’s a lot more violent than it’s ever been, but I trust you.’ So we took it as far as we could.”
She also compared the film to the popular TV series yellowstone.
“It’s something like that yellowstone in a way that these people don’t necessarily make sound ethical or moral decisions, but you still support them,” she told Smashing Interviews. “They don’t make the most ethical decisions, but you still love them, you still want them to be successful, and you still have their backs.”
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