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The Thing About Pam: next episode, cast, trailer and everything we know about the true-crime drama

Renée Zellweger as Pam Hupp getting arrested in The Thing About Pam finale
Renée Zellweger as Pam Hupp getting arrested in The Thing About Pam finale (Image credit: Skip Bolen/NBC)

The name Pam Hupp will soon be on the tongues of television watchers again when The Thing About Pam, a limited series crime drama based on a true story, debuts on NBC in the US starring two-time Academy Award-winner Renée Zellweger, making it on 2022's most anticipated new TV shows

Pam Hupp first gained notoriety when NBC aired a Dateline special on the wild story of how she allegedly murdered her coworker, Betsy Faria, for which Hupp was officially charged in 2021 and awaits trial on; Hupp was convicted in a separate murder case in 2016 that prosecutors believe was part of a plot to hide her guilt in the Faria case. 

After seeing the popularity of the episode, the powers that be then decided to share this story as an NBC News podcast (opens in new tab) before it was picked up as the forthcoming limited series. 

Now this story is coming to life as a TV adaptation. Here’s everything we know about The Thing About Pam

When is the next episode of The Thing About Pam?  

The Thing About Pam is back with an all-new episode. The sixth and final installment of the series will show Pam going to desperate measures to protect her image and freedom as her lies continue to unravel. 

The series finale airs on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 pm ET/PT on NBC. Here is a synopsis for the episode titled “She’s a Killer”: 

“Pam goes to shocking and absurd extremes to extricate herself from the web of lies she has spun; some measure of justice, redemption and hope is finally found.”

Want a sneak peek of what’s to come on The Thing About Pam finale? Check out the clip released via the Today Show. 

Katy Mixon as Betsy Faria

Katy Mixon as Betsy Faria in The Thing About Pam (Image credit: NBC)

While we're still waiting for confirmation on when and where, The Thing About Pam will likely be available to UK viewers via Peacock on Sky TV.

What is the premise of The Thing About Pam? 

Over the course of the six episodes, NBC's The Thing About Pam will showcase the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ' conviction, although he insisted he didn't kill her. He was later exonerated. This brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp.

Given that the real-life Pam Hupp is still awaiting trial for this crime, it will be fascinating to see where the show ends in the final episode.

The Thing About Pam

(Image credit: NBC)

Who is in the The Thing About Pam cast? 

Although she looks almost unrecognizable due to prosthetics, padding and makeup, The Thing About Pam stars Renée Zellweger (also serveing as an executive producer of the show). Interestingly enough, Zellweger jumped at the chance to bring the story of Pam Hupp to life after she binged The Thing About Pam podcast on a road trip (opens in new tab). The various absurdities involved with the case really captured her interest and prompted her to call fellow executive producer Chris McCumber to make the project. 

Rounding out the main cast are Josh Duhamel (Transformers) as Joel Schwartz, Judy Greer (Archer) as Leah Askey, Katy Mixon (American Housewife) as Betsy Faria, Glenn Fleshler as Russ Faria, Gideon Adlon as Mariah Day, Sean Bridgers as Mark Hupp and Mac Brandt as Detective McCarrick.

The Thing About Pam trailer 

NBC has offered a first look at The Thing About Pam. While the series is a drama, there is something slightly comical about the number of times Zellweger, as Pam, slurps from the straw in the empty giant cup.  

How to watch The Thing About Pam

When The Thing About Pam debuts in March 2022, anyone with a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription or TV antenna will be able to tune in via their local NBC channel to watch. Also, subscribers to live TV streaming services like Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV also have access to their local NBC channels. 

Can’t watch it live? Subscribers to any of the above services can watch the latest episode of The Thing About Pam on the NBC website. 

Cord cutters will also be able to stream the latest episodes of The Thing About Pam, but they will have to wait until the day after it is broadcast. The streaming options for The Thing About Pam fans are going to be the NBC-owned Peacock streaming service. To watch the latest episodes on Peacock, a viewer must be signed up for Peacock Premium, which offers either a $4.99 ad-supported or $9.99 ad-free plan. 

UK viewers should be able to watch The Thing About Pam via Peacock on Sky TV, though it has not been officially confirmed.

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.