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The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Emily Barber, Brittany Marie Batchelder, Daniel Brühl
Netflix and TNT’s The Alienist tells the story of Daniel Brühl’s Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist who’s investigating a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering children in New York.
Across the ten episodes, Kreizler is aided by Dakota Fanning’s ambitious police secretary/aspiring detective Sarah Howard and Luke Evans’ newspaper illustrator John Moore. Together, the gang seek out the murderer by examining his mental pathologies and the physical evidence.
A second season of the show was confirmed back in August 2018, but that wasn’t always the case.
“It was always a limited series, that was the plan,” Brühl told NME. “So I didn’t think any further than that. But we all agree that we wouldn’t mind going back because we love each other so much and we love our characters.”
And according to Evans, it might not have been a TV series at all: “They tried to make it into a feature film for 10 years and it failed because it’s just too dense of a story. I think we’ve finally found the right format for it.
“Every episode is like a small movie because the production values are so high. You can’t watch one straight after the other, you have to absorb what you’ve seen because it is so beautifully done. But I’m sure many people will still binge it.”
The second chapter will be based on the sequel to the original novel, The Angel of Darkness, and the plan is to retitle the entire show after the book.
Frank Pugliese has been announced as showrunner.
“Following the tremendous success of The Alienist, we are excited to welcome an immensely talented and accomplished showrunner who could not only do justice to Caleb Carr’s popular sequel but also add a unique point of view,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming at TNT.
“With Frank, we have found a three-time Emmy Award nominee whose unique skills will surely catapult The Angel of Darkness to the same heights of success as its predecessor.”
Pugliese has plenty of writing experience, with Netflix’s House of Cards and Borgia, BBC America’s Copper and an episode of NBC’s Law & Order on his CV. And his first TV credit, a 1993 episode of NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, earned him a Writers’ Guild award. So yeah, he’s good.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought The Alienist to life,” said Pugliese. “Myself and the writers coming on board for The Angel of Darkness are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.”
And if The Alienist sounds a bit Victorian True Detective, that’s because it is, but here’s hoping that its second season will be a better than that show’s second run.
The Alienist” is coming back with a sequel series and TNT’s new trailer promises plenty of high-stakes action for fans of the network’s period drama. The series is titled “The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness,” and though it’s being billed as a sequel series rather than a second season, it’s shaping up to be a welcome and instantly-recognizable return to the gritty streets of New York.
The original show’s leads: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning return for the show’s second outing which will focus on the kidnapping of an infant girl. The show blends facts and fiction in 1896 New York where investigators look into gruesome crimes while navigating both the city’s dangerous underbelly and its high society locales.
Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Robert Ray, Ted Levine, and Brittany Batchelder reprise their original series roles and will be joined by newcomers Melanie Field, Rosy McEwen, and Matt Letscher.
Though “The Alienist” was a hit for the network, reviews for the show were fairly mixed. Though IndieWire’s Ben Travers offered a largely negative take in his C+ review, he noted that “The Alienist” benefited from particularly strong performances and suggested that they could help carry future installments.
“Evans is very good, in what’s likely his best performance to date, and Brühl doesn’t over-invest in his character’s quirks; on paper, Dr. Kreizler is one step away from carrying a cane and monocle, but Bruhl keeps him streamlined and grounded — a character, not a caricature,” Travers said in his review. “Such strong exterior touches could be adequately filled in later on, but so far the performances and production merely mask familiarities.”
Regardless, the mixed critical reception didn’t stop “The Alienist” from making waves with viewers. The series was 2018’s top-rated new cable series and was nominated for six Emmys. The show is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content.