Ben Robson has a distinctly English accent, so can he pull off a surfer dude drawl in TNT’s Animal Kingdom? If he uses the voice he previewed for us, then he can hang ten with the best of them.
INDIEWIRE.COM – While multiplexes this summer are going to be stuffed with blockbusters costing hundreds of millions of dollars, if that doesn’t float your boat, TV will have plenty to keep you occupied. And one show that looks like a sizzling winner is TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.”
Based on David Michod’s breakout Australian crime flick, he serves as executive producer on the TV drama which transplants the story to sunny California, where Ellen Barkin leads a very, very bad family. Here’s the official synopsis:
Animal Kingdom is an adrenaline-charged drama starring Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, This Boy’s Life, Oceans 13) as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow) as her second in command. Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless), Ben Robson (Vikings, Dracula: The Dark Prince), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars, It Follows) and Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, An Inspector Calls) also star.
“Animal Kingdom” will premiere at Tribeca, and hit TNT on June 7th. Watch below.
TVSERIESFINALE.COM – TNT has released a trailer for two new scripted dramas, Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom, set to premiere this summer. Watch it below.
Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto star in Good Behavior, which TNT describes as a “seductive thriller.” The Good Behavior TV series is executive produced by showrunner Chad Hodge, author Blake Crouch, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements.
Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole,
Daniella Alonso, and Molly Gordon star in the “adrenaline-fueled” Animal Kingdom TV series. The show is executive produced by John Wells and showrunner Jonathan Lisco, from Warner Horizon Television.
Here is more from Tuner, on the Good Behavior TV show:
Good Behavior is a seductive thriller based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch. The series stars Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), along with Juan Diego Botto (Ismael, El Greco), Terry Kinney (Oz, Show Me a Hero) and Lusia Strus (Wayward Pines, Cotton).
Good Behavior tells the story of Letty Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, or one bad decision from implosion – which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty tries to stay afloat; reunite with her 10-year-old son, who is currently being raised by her mother Estelle (Strus); and regularly see her substance-abuse counselor, Christian (Kinney), whose motives for helping her are questionable. Chaos returns to Letty’s life when she overhears a hitman (Botto) being hired to kill a man’s wife, and sets out to derail the job. She soon finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling both of them in a dangerously captivating relationship.
TNT’s Good Behavior is being executive-produced by writer/showrunner Chad Hodge (Wayward Pines, The Playboy Club) and author Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines), along with executive producers Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Aquarius, Last Man Standing) of Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein. The pilot was directed by Charlotte Sieling.
Also from Turner, here are the details on the Animal Kingdom TV show:
Animal Kingdom is a bold drama starring Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, This Boy’s Life, Oceans 13), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow), Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless), Ben Robson (Vikings, Dracula: The Dark Prince), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars, It Follows), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, An Inspector Calls), Daniella Alonso (Revolution) and Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, Ithaca).
The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious “baby” of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J’s steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), Baz’s de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena.
It isn’t long before Josh is pulled into the family’s life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.
Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy® winner John Wells (TNT’s Southland, ER, The West Wing, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (TNT’s Southland, Halt and Catch Fire, Damages, NYPD Blue) serving as executive producers of the series. Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn (TNT’s Southland, Shameless) also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film produced by Liz Watts and written & directed by David Michôd, who will also serve as executive producers on the series.