Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name with Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”) as an executive producer, “Briarpatch” was adapted for television by former Grantland.com TV critic Andy Greenwald.
“There's a lot of TV out there, and if you're going to ask people for their attention, especially for 10 hours, you want to make it worth their while and you want to give people something worth looking at,” Mr. Greenwald said at a USA press conference during the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour in January. “You want to try to show them something they haven't seen before or at least entertain them to the point where they forget they've seen it before. And so that was very crucial from the beginning.”