Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW PERIOD SET TV SERIES: 'THE KNICK' WITH CLIVE OWEN & STEVEN SODERBERGH! 18TH CENTURY 'TURN' WITH JAMIE BELL, ANGUS MACFADYEN! 19TH CENTURY 'PENNY DREADFUL' WITH JOSH HARTNETT, EVA GREEN, TIMOTHY DALTON, BILLIE PIPER!

CLIVE OWEN'S 'THE KNICK'
 1900TH SET HISTORICAL SERIES
Since it's been an extremely poor week in movie news business, today we spotlight a few of the upcoming period set television series! Starting with Clive Owen's mini series THE KNICK which will air over at Cinemax some time next year! Steven Soderbergh directed and produced drama is set in downtown New York in 1900 focusing on Knickerbocker Hospital and the ground breaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Andre Holland, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson and Michael Angarano will all play surgeons and nurses. You can see some of the first pictures of  Clive Owen and Juliet Rylance in costumes from the series. Rylance will play a beauty who does social work the hospital helping it survive the tough times, while Andre Holland will appear in the series as a talented African American Harward trained surgeon battling race barriers in turn-of-the-century America. Eve Hewson will play Lucy, a young, naive nurse from the South who, like tens-of-thousands of others, has come to New York for adventure and finds more of it than she ever thought she would. Michael Angarano will play Dr. Bertram, an eager surgeon-in-training who gives up the chance to practice uptown in a wealthy hospital, for the romance and excitement of learning from a ground breaking surgeon in the chaotic, downtown world of The Knick. The shooting of the series is currently underway over in New York's Lower East Side which has been given a last century look with straw covered streets, horses and carriages!

JAMIE BELL'S 'TURN'
18TH CENTURY TV SERIES
Another historical series will come to us over at AMC. Titled TURN the ten episode series will be set in the summer of 1778, telling the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Rupert Wyatt (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) has been hired to direct the opening episode of the new show which is actually based on Alexander Rose’s book 'Washington Spies'. Written by Craig Silverstein (‘Nikita’) and executive produced by ‘Bones’ Barry Josephson, the series will also have DOWNTON ABBEY's Kevin McNally as the local magistrate and Abe’s well-respected father. Angus Macfadyen will play Robert Rogers, a feared and admired war hero who fought alongside George Washington in the French and Indian war but has fallen from grace following a return to England where he has gambled away his fortune and lapsed into alcoholism.

VICTORIAN 'PENNY DREADFUL'
 JOSH HARTNETT & EVA GREEN
And you can also check out the first look of Josh Hartnett in another period set show PENNY DREADFUL which is coming to Showtime some time next year. Set in the Victorian London,  the series, described as a study of sex and psychology, will weave together the origins of literary horror characters, such as Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster, Dorian Gray, and Count Dracula, as they grapple with their monstrous alienation in the 19th century British capital. Produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, the series will see Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, a charming, brash, daring man of action who is unafraid of violence and more complicated than he likes to admit. Eva Green is Vanessa Ives, an enigmatic, composed heroine who proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Billie Piper is Brona Croft, an Irish immigrant seeking to escape her dark past. Timothy Dalton is Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest. Reeve Carney is Dorian Gray, a confident, mesmerizing, yet somewhat isolated man! Harry Treadaway is Victor Frankenstein, Helen McCrory is Madame Kali, a spiritualist. Simon Russell Beale is Ferdinand Lyle, an eccentric Egyptologist.

27 comments:

  1. Hmm, Penny Dreadful sounds quite interesting. That one I will have to watch for and see if a Canadian network picks it up.

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    1. they say it will be kinky and dark... hope not too dark, but having in mind they have crazy Eva in the cast I bet it will be :)

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  2. You let me know about Billie Piper in PENNY DREADFUL on my blog yesterday. I feel so very special now!

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    1. you is very special to the spy, Dave :)

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    1. hot as burning iron :) Hope it doesn't leave us with blisters...

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  4. Mr. Hartnett is much too covered up in his period costume for my taste.

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    1. methinks you will see tones of naked Josh in the show since it will be a very kinky one.... and he will have different wigs on him too.... if wigs are your thing LOL

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  5. I guess I'm going to have bite the bullet and get some pay channels. It seems many of the best series are there now.
    Thanks for heads up on these. I hadn't heard of any of them.

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    1. It is true, Pat, unlike the movies, which are in crises when it comes to quality, shows have really become better in recent years which explains why so many movie actors have moved over to TV

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  6. Owen is quality in anything he does!

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    1. except in King Arthur in which he was the weakest link :)

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  7. THE KNICK sounds right up my alley. Love period dramas - as I do Clive Owen!

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    1. should be intriguing to see how they treated patients back in the old days without modern medicines and equipment

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    1. Could be a good one if they don't make it too weird and morbid :)

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  9. I have to say these all look like they could be good!

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  10. I dig Clive Owen, he has a great story to tell and he does it well in the roles he plays.

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    1. I will tell him you like him!

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    2. thank you... he could have been james bond...

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    3. we could've been James Bond too, J-man!

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  11. Yay! I just got Showtime and Penny Dreadful looks like one I am definitely going to have to catch!

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    1. Hope it doesn't disappoint when it hits the small screens

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  12. The Knick is something I bring under the attention of my wife! She love suchs TV series!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. There, some good done to your wife too :)

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GIVE SOME LOVE TO YOUR DEZZY :)