‘Claws’ Episode Guide (Aug. 13): Desna Goes on the Run

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‘Claws’ Episode Guide (Aug. 13): Desna Goes on the Run

“Avalanche” Season 1 Finale (08/13/17) – Following a harrowing escape from Roller’s (Jack Kesy) grasp, Desna (Niecy Nash) is on the run. Roller is close behind, running from the Russians. Dean (Harold Perrineau), Polly (Carrie Preston) and Virginia (Karrueche Tran) frantically search for Desna before time runs out.

Meanwhile, Jennifer (Jenn Lyon) gets more deeply involved with Hank (Hunter Burke), oblivious to how close her life is to imploding. In the end, only Desna can save Jennifer, Roller, and her crew with a sacrifice greater than any she’s ever had to make.

“Avalanche” was directed by Howard Deutch and written by Eliot Laurence.

“Claws” is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. Niecy Nash (“Getting On,” “The Soul Man”), Carrie Preston (“True Blood”), Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “OZ”), Jenn Lyon (“Justified”), Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”), Jack Kesy (“The Strain”), Karrueche Tran (“The Nice Guys”), Kevin Rankin (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Friday Night Lights”) and Jason Antoon (“Famous in Love”) star in the hour-long dramedy from executive producers Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca,” “Toy Story 4,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “A to Z,”), Will McCormack (“Toy Story 4,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “A to Z”) and J anine Sherman Barrois (“ER,” “Criminal Minds”), who also serves as showrunner.

The pilot was written by series co-executive producer Eliot Laurence (“Welcome to Me”) and directed by Nicole Kassell (“The Americans,” “The Leftovers”). “Claws” is produced by Jones and McCormack’s Le Train Train, in association with Warner Horizon Television and Turner’s Studio T.

“Claws” follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. At the center is salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (Harold Perrineau). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job.

Adding chaos to the Nail Artisan mix is Roller (Jack Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna’s nail salon to launder their obscene profits; Bryce (Kevin Rankin), Jennifer’s husband who is also newly sober and trying to stay legit by working as an abundance coach; and Dr. Ken Brickman (Jason Antoon), a bona fide doctor at a decidedly un-bona fide and illegal drug clinic.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of “Claws.”

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