TNT Plans Cary Fukunaga Miniseries, Shakespeare and ‘Animal Kingdom’ Pilots
TNT has been lagging a bit behind the competition when it comes to original programming, but the network’s new plans for upcoming series announced at Upfronts 2015 indicate a shift into prestige dramas — most notably, the network will be home to Cary Fukunaga’s new eight-part miniseries, The Alienist, bringing a little slice of True Detective to their lineup.
Fukunaga, who garnered acclaim for directing the first season of True Detective (remember that long take we couldn’t get over for an entire week? I’m still not over it), will debut his new miniseries on TNT — The Alienist is described as “an atmospheric, eight-part psychological thriller based on Caleb Carr’s bestseller and set in the fascinating and gritty world of Gilded Age New York City, from Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, Oscar winner Eric Roth and Oscar nominee Hossein Amini.”
That’s not the first time the network uses the word “gritty” in their Upfronts announcement, either. Apparently “gritty” and “prestige” programming are basically the same. Their next series announcement is a pilot order for Animal Kingdom, “a family crime drama set in a gritty surf community.” If that sounds familiar, that’s because Animal Kingdom is based on the feature film from Australian director David Michod, who will also act as producer on the new series.
And lastly, TNT has set a pilot order for Will, “a series about a young William Shakespeare told in raucous style,” from Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of Baz Luhrmann, the filmmaker behind The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge — so that should give you some idea of what to expect should Will go to series.