Netflix’s family of real-life relatives The WatcherDoes not desire to be voyeurs for their own trauma.
The Broaddus family—whose lives were turned upside down by a series of creepy letters they received after moving into their Westfield, N.J. home in 2014—have their story dramatized in the new Ryan MurphyStarring in series Bobby CannavaleAnd Naomi Watts.
The streamer is a big hit, but the Broadduses won’t be binging.
“We reached out to the Broaddus family,” Good Morning America‘s Eva PilgrimDuring a segment ABC7 New York Oct. 18. “They declined to comment, but they do still live here in the Westfield area. And we’ve been told they have no plans to watch the show; the trailer was traumatizing enough.”
Cannavale is portrayed by Watts as Nora Brannock and Dean Brannock. These fictionalized homeowners are first described in A viral article from 2018 The Cut.
The Watcher—which also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Margo Martindale, Richard KindAnd Mia Farrow—shows a heightened version of the months-long saga that plagued the Derek, Maria and their children, during which they received numerous anonymous letters from somebody calling themselves The Watcher.
In the series—just like in real life—the identity of The Watcher was never discovered.