TNT’s Will explores the life of the young William Shakespeare – hoping to do for Shakespeare what Da Vinci’s Demons did for Leonardo Da Vinci: fill in the blanks in what know of its subject’s life in an entertaining (though not in as fantastic – as in fantasy) way.
Will begins with the young Will arriving in London as the theatre scene is exploding. The trailer is a lot of fun.
Sean Astin has joined TNT’s The Alienist, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Astin will play New York city Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt.
Astin joins Daniel Brühl(Rush) as forensic psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler; Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train) as newspaper illustrator John Moore; and Dakota Fanning(American Pastoral) as Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters, who together investigate a series of brutal murders i n New York during the Gilded Age.
Sean Astin Joins TNT’s The Alienist
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Robert Wisdom, Q’orianka Kilcher, Matt Lintz, Matthew Shear and Douglas Smith Also Star in Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr’s Bestseller, Co-Produced by Paramount Television and Studio T
Sean Astin (Stranger Things) is set to star as Theodore Roosevelt, the Police Commissioner for New York City, in TNT’sThe Alienist, the eagerly anticipated series based on the Anthony Award-winning New York Times bestseller by Caleb Carr. Astin joins fellow series regulars Daniel Brühl (Rush) as forensic psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler; Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train) as newspaper illustrator John Moore; and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral) as Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters, who together investigate a series of brutal murders i n New York during the Gilded Age.
The Alienist is currently shooting in Budapest, Hungary, with BAFTA-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen(Black Mirror) at the helm. The series is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. Emmy Award® winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Academy Award® nominee Hossein Amini (Drive) and Anonymous Content’sSteve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin serve as executive producers, along with Verbruggen.
Based on the international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. When a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips the city, newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are aided by a makeshift crew of singular characters, among them the intrepid Sara Howard (Fanning), a young secretary on Roosevelt’s staff who is determined to become the first female police detective in New York City. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders tracks down one of New York City’s first serial killers.
Additional series regulars include Robert Wisdom (The Wire) as Cyrus, Kreizler’s valet, a man with a dark past who has been reformed by Kreizler; Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) as Mary, Kreizler’s mute maid with whom he shares a special unspoken connection; Matt Lintz (Pixels) as Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy; and Matthew Shear (Mistress America) and Douglas Smith (Miss Sloane) as Lucius and Marcus Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery.
Astin will play the brilliant, ambitious, but principled Theodore Roosevelt, a crusading reformist determined to clear up corruption in the police force he now heads. While usually inured to crime in New York, Roosevelt becomes outraged over the fact that children are being murdered in his city and develops a warlike zeal to find the perpetrator.
Astin is an actor/director best known for his film roles as Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the title character in Rudy and Mikey in the popular classic The Goonies. In addition to The Alienist, Astin will star in the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things and in Finn Taylor’s next film, Unleashed, with Kate Micucci. His television work includes such projects as Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain and the fifth season of 24. For the big screen, Astin directed and produced the short film Kangaroo Court, which earned him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Astin also directed and produced the live action short film The Long and Short of It, an official entry in the Sundance Film Festival. The veteran actor also has voiced many animated characters in film and on television, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bunnicula, Justice League, Special Agent Oso, Micronauts and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Global media company Turner is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a new writing contest designed to discover fresh writing talent from racially diverse backgrounds.
Through the ABFF & Turner Writing Contest, writers with no professional television experience are invited to submit pilot scripts for comedy or drama series. One winner chosen from each genre will win a trip to Miami for the 2017 American Black Film Festival, which takes place June 14-18, along with a cash prize and the opportunity to meet with the original programming development teams for Turner’s TBS & TNT.
Robert Wisdom and Q’orianka Kilcher have joined the cast of TNT’s The Alienist. The series, based on the novel by Caleb Carr, follows criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper illustrator John Moore as they conduct a secret investigation into the murder of a number of boy prostitutes.
Wisdom will play Kreizler’s valet, Cyrus; Kilcher will assay the role of Mary, Kreizler’s mute maid.
The Alienist is slated to premiere later this year.
TNT explodes with its new and returning drams for Summer 2017. Above is the teaser for TNT’s Summer 2017; following the break are teasers for the series premieres of Claws – ‘a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon;’ and Will – ‘the wild, rowdy story of young William Shakespeare, and the two-hour season two premiere of Animal Kingdom – ‘the series about a Southern California crime family starring Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody clan.
TNT and TBS will be expanding their digital and social media experience for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards®.
Among the innovations will be two distinct live Official SAG Awards® Red Carpet Pre-Shows and three new camera elements – a Thank-You Cam, 360 Red Carpet Fashion Cam and an Actor POV Cam – to offer increased behind-the-scenes access.
Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be connecting with fans as this year’s Social Media Ambassador and comedian Matt Bellassai will report from the red carpet and backstage.
Full coverage of the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® and pre-shows will be provided by TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29th. Full details follow the break.