HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – TNT is moving ahead with dramas Animal Kingdom and Good Behavior.
The Turner-owned cable network announced Thursday that it has picked up both pilots to series. Both 10-episode dramas are expected to debut in 2016; formal premiere dates have not yet been determined.
Animal Kingdom is a family crime drama set in a gritty surf community that brings John Wells (Southland) back to TNT. The Warner Horizon Television/John Wells Productions drama hails from Wells, Jonathan Lisco, Andrew Stearn, David Michod (the Animal Kingdom feature) and Liz Watts. Wells will direct the pilot from a script by Lisco. The project is inspired by the feature film produced by Watts and written and directed by Michod, and originally developed for Showtime in 2011. Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman and Shawn Hatosy topline the cast. The pickup gives Wells two dramas on cable, with Animal Kingdom joining Showtime veteran Shameless.
Good Behavior, meanwhile, is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch. It reunites the author with Wayward Pines EP Chad Hodge. Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) stars as Letty Dobesh, a thief and con-artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is just how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat — but when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, setting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship. Juan Diego Botto co-stars, with Crouch, Adelstein and Becky Clements attached to exec produce. Hodge, who will not be involved in the second season of Fox’s Wayward Pines, is set as showrunner.
“Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom are muscular, distinct dramas that will define the new direction of TNT,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vp original programming at TNT. “We believe audiences will love watching Michelle Dockery trade in her manners for the life of a sexy, complex ex-con in Good Behavior and Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman command an unruly family of criminals and adrenaline junkies in Animal Kingdom.”
The dramas mark the latest pickups for TNT under network topper Kevin Reilly and come as the executive has been looking to make noise and cut through the clutter with edgier fare that pushes the cabler’s envelope beyond stalwarts including Rizzoli & Isles.
Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom join a roster of original scripted dramas including Alienist, Transporter: The Series, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Legends and more.
Last week, Ben attended the GQ Men of the Year party in Hollywood, CA. He looks amazing and so good to see him out and about. I also added some new appearance photos of Ben from last month attending InStyles 2016 Golden Globe party. Check them out in the gallery.
DEADLINE.COM – Ben Robson (Vikings) has landed a lead role in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole), who moves in with his wild, freewheeling grandmother (Ellen Barkin) and uncles in their Southern California beach town after his mother ODs. He is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess and soon discovers that it’s all being funded by the bank robberies they commit.
Robson will play Craig, the tough, fearless middle son of the Cody crime family. A veteran criminal, he is an extreme-sports maniac and the most daring of the Codys. Scott Speedman, and Shawn Hatosy also star in the pilot, which starts shooting Friday.
Robson plays Kalf on History’s Vikings and next appears in Lakeshore’s thriller The Boy, due out in January. He is repped by UTA and Management 360.
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DESIGNNTREND.COM – “Vikings” stars Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), along with series creator Michael Hirst, raided this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 10, to tease the upcoming season 4 of the historical drama. The panel, which also featured History executive vice president Dirk Hoogstra, debuted a brand new trailer for the new installment, which will premiere next year. Below are 10 things we learned from the show’s panel and trailer:
10) There will be a time jump.
As seen in the one and a half minute trailer, Ragnar’s younger children have aged. And in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hirst confirmed that they have indeed recast some of Ragnar’s sons, who “will play a bigger and bigger part in season 4.”
“This has never been the Ragnar Lothbrok show, this is a show about Vikings. And again historically speaking, a couple of Ragnar’s sons did become more famous than he was,” explained Hirst of why the time jump is necessary. “I’m thinking particularly of Bjorn and the wonderfully named Ivor the Boneless. Ivor’s story is a crucial and amazing part of season 4.”
9) Ragnar will be fascinated with death.
After faking his death in an attempt to infiltrate Paris in the season 3 finale, Fimmel said during the panel that the weakened King of Denmark will be “intrigued by death” when the show returns next year. “He’s got very close to death,” the actor said. “A lot of this year is his fascination with death. Like Odin, who hung himself to feel how it felt to be dead.”
Hirst further explained Ragnar’s season 4 storyline during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that even though Ragnar has managed to return to Kattegat after a fairly long journey from Paris, “he’s still desperately ill — he’s at death’s door.”
Hirst added that “some of the early parts of next season are about the possibility of him dying and what are the ramifications of that. Who’s going to rule and what will it mean if the great Ragnar Lothbrok dies now? It sets up all future possible conflicts about the consequences of him dying. You can see the people cueing up to claim power.”
8) Bjorn will go on a spiritual journey.
Ludwig revealed during the panel that Bjorn will embark on a spiritual quest to become more of a man while mourning the departure of his wife Porunn (Gaia Weiss).
“He decides to figure out his life and go out to the woods. And while he’s there, this bear starts stalking him,” the 23-year-old Canadian actor teased. “Ironically, the bear had a bigger résumé than anyone else on the set. It was the ‘Anchorman’ bear. I was starstruck.”
7) Rollo will marry Princess Gisla.
As seen in the trailer, Rollo accepts Emperor Charles’ (Lothaire Bluteau) offer to marry his daughter, Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski). And in return, the Viking warrior appears to turn against his own brother, Ragnar, and helps the Franks defend the city against the Northmen.
But in an interview with IGN, also at Comic-Con, Standen suggested that Rollo’s allegiance to the Franks might only be part of a bigger plan for the Vikings to finally break into Paris. “The real question is: is Rollo really gonna betray his brother? Or is this gonna be another route into Paris again?” Standen teased.
6) England will still be a big part of season 4.
Even though the series has significantly expanded its “world” with the addition of Paris as a major setting, fans will still see more of Linus Roache’s King Ecbert and other characters in England.
“He’s a fascinating character,” Hirst said of King Ecbert during the panel. “A good foil for Ragnar. There are many things they have in common, which they recognize. They may well, ultimately, get the chance to talk about some of the things they have in common.”
I have added some new stills from Ben’s short film he made last year. I also added a poster from the film as well. If anyone can cap this (since its a UK film), feel free to send it on by.