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Tonight on Kingdom (DirecTV Audience Network, 10/9c), Jay works both his biceps and his charms, in the name of very different goals.
In the first sneak peek above, Jay (played by Jonathan Tucker) is doing “curls for the girls” in front of the gym mirrors that Ryan (Matt Lauria) busted during last week’s rage when stepmomager Lisa (Kiele Sanchez) swings by to chat — though she’d rather avoid the topic of the boys’ problematic mother resurfacing in Alvey’s life. Advisory: Some language is Nsfw.
In the clip below (yes, it’s different), Jay hits the Dmv to get »
The highly compelling, 10-episode DirecTV drama series Kingdom is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) subculture. Former Mma legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is so focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), was too unfocused and unpredictable to become. On top of that, add in former fighting superstar Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria), who happens to be the ex of Alvey’s current girlfriend Lisa Prince (Kiele Sanchez), and things are sure to get heated. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Matt Lauria talked about why he fought so hard for this role, how exhausting the physical aspect of the show is, the duality of the character, that all the characters have twists and turns, the high stakes of the situation they’re all in, »
- Christina Radish
The highly compelling, 10-episode DirecTV drama series Kingdom is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) subculture. Former Mma legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is so focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), was too unfocused and unpredictable to become. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Frank Grillo talked about what attracted him to the world of Kingdom, why he loves doing a shorter season that’s more like a 10-hour film, Alvey’s place in this world, playing such an aggressive character, Alvey’s relationship with his sons, and working with such a talented cast. He also talked about the fact that he couldn’t be happier with his career right now, and how much he’s looking forward to »
- Christina Radish
Kingdom, Season 1, Episode 5: “Eat Your Own Cooking”
Directed by Gary Fleder
Written by Walter Cvetko
Airs Wednesdays at 9pm Et on the Audience Network
At this point, one theme that jumps out about Kingdom is that the show resists the urge to descend into a never-ending river of narrative clichés whenever possible. It doesn’t always succeed in this effort, but the difference is noticeable through the first five episodes, in a way that separates this cable drama from many others that embrace the violence and anger of its male leads at the detriment of more mature aspects of the show. That isn’t to say that Kingdom has proven it can stand alone without gratuitous anger and fighting, but it builds stories around these incidents in a way that spurns stereotypes in favor of the character work necessary for throwing punches to mean something more in the long run. »
- Whitney McIntosh
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Matt Lauria knows how to play rough. Despite being one of the nicer people in Hollywood, the actor has a history of portraying dark characters haunted by their pasts. On Directv’s new drama Kingdom, Lauria plays Mma fighter Ryan Wheeler, whose personal mantra “Destroyer” (tattooed in large letters across his chest) represents his approach to his life both in and out of the cage.
Those familiar with his work on Jason Katims series Friday Night Lights and Parenthood will see shades of his Parenthood character Ryan York, only this time the stakes are much higher. After serving four years in prison, Wheeler is trying to rebuild his life with very few people who will go to bat for him — save for his former mentor who is now dating his ex-fiance. This may sound like the same soapy love triangle synopsis of many a modern drama, but »
- Emily Exton
On DirecTV’s Kingdom (airing Wednesdays at 9/8c), much noise has been made (and mouths left agape) by the freshman drama’s mighty Mma warriors, played by Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas and Jonathan Tucker.
But amidst the ensemble of jacked Joes, there’s Kiele Sanchez‘s Lisa Prince, the strong-in-her-own-right girlfriend of Grillo’s Alvey Kulina, whose gym she manages. Here, Sanchez reveals how the Mma world was familiar territory to her, ponders the threat that Lauria’s rehabilitated Ryan poses to Lisa’s new romance and weighs in on The Glades‘ dangling mystery.
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Developing chemistry with your castmates isn't always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be a painful experience. Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker, stars of the DirecTV mixed-martial arts drama “Kingdom,” sat down with TheWrap for an episode of “Drinking With the Stars” to talk about the process of preparing for the show — in particular, the weeks of Mma training that the actors endured. Also read: DirecTV Orders 20 More Episodes of ‘Kingdom’ According to Tucker, it was far from a day in the park. “I think by the second week we were all driving back in the car together and we were all a. »
- Tim Kenneally
Setting a scripted television show in the world of mixed martial arts means accurately portraying a very physical subculture of society. So when Byron Balasco created Kingdom, he made sure to craft every detail, from the setting down to the individual tattoos each of the characters would wear with pride. It was a job Balasco took very seriously, because he knew that through Kingdom, he was not only introducing many fans to a new world, but he was also creating an accurate portrayal for those already familiar. With that in mind, Balasco decided he had to focus just as much »
- Samantha Highfill
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: October 8, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This gritty family drama revolves around the world of Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) and is set in a small family gym in Venice, California.
Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) owns and operates Navy St. Mma -- a down and dirty storefront gym/do jo. A beloved Mma legend, he is a man of big appetites who came up in a savage world, when Mma was closer to human cockfighting than a mainstream sport. He is a true warrior, carved on the Mt. Rushmore of Mma, but he doesn't have a dime to show for it. »
One of the best new entries for Fall 2014 was the DirecTV drama series “Kingdom,” a tightly wound family potboiler that unfolds in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) world.Former Mma legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is the center of this tale and is focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his distracted and disinterested oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), should have been, in Alvey’s mind.Following the recent critically acclaimed premiere of Kingdom, which has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows […] »
- April Neale
DirecTV has renewed their new Kingdom TV series for 20 episodes. It's unclear if they will be considered seasons two and three but half will air next fall and the other 10 will run sometime in 2016. Production on the new episodes will begin in the spring.
Set in a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, California, Kingdom revolves around the family that runs it and the gym's members. The show stars Nick Jonas, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, and Frank Grillo.
Two episodes of the first season of Kingdom have aired so far. They run on Wednesday nights on the provider's Audience Network channel.
What do you think? Have you seen the Kingdom TV show on DirecTV? If so, will you keep watching?
Amazon.com Widgets »
"Kingdom" will continue to reign on Directv. Just a week after the series premiere, the platform has ordered an additional 20 episodes of the one-hour drama from creator Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") and Endemol Studios ("Hell on Wheels"). Production will begin in spring 2015, with the first 10 episodes airing on the Audience Network next fall. The following 10 episodes will air sometime in 2016. Starring Nick Jonas and Frank Grillo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), "Kingdom" is a brutal family saga that takes place in the rough and tumble world of Mixed Martial Arts in Venice, California. "Kingdom" also stars Kiele Sanchez ("Lost"), Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights"), Jonathan Tucker ("Parenthood") and Joanna Going ("House of Cards"). “Directv could not be more thrilled by the response that last week’s premiere of 'Kingdom' elicited from both critics and our viewers,” said Directv's Chris Long in a press statement. “The series very »
- Dave Lewis
Production on the Endemol Studios series is to begin next spring on 10 episodes to air next fall, with the following 10 slated to air in 2016. The satcaster is loading up on “Kingdom” even as it prepares for its merger with At&T, which could bring major changes to DirecTV over the long term.
“Kingdom” revolves around a group of Mixed Martial Arts devotees in living in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas star. Byron Balasco is creator and showrunner.
“DirecTV could not be more thrilled by the response that last week »
- Cynthia Littleton
DirecTV has given its new mixed martial arts family drama "Kingdom" a two season renewal. DirecTV doesn't disclose ratings but does say the show is one of the network's most popular shows of all time after just two episodes having gone to air.
Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker, Matt Lauria and Joanna Going star in the Venice, California set series about an Mma gym owner (Grillo) who has to take care of not just his fighters but the complicated relationships with both of his sons.
Following on from the current ten episode first season, which premiered two weeks ago to quite good reviews, the network has ordered two further seasons of ten episodes each to air in 2015 and 2016.
The news hasn't been so rosy for Lifetime's new dystopian thriller series "The Lottery". The network has opted not to renew the drama which wrapped its first season in late September. »
- Garth Franklin
DirecTV is expanding its Kingdom.
The provider has ordered 20 additional episodes of its new Mma drama, our sister site Deadline reports, just two episodes into its 10-episode run on Audience Network.
According to DirecTV, Kingdom “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”
Kingdom Season 1, Episode 1, “Set Yourself on Fire”
Directed by Adam Davidson
Written by Byron Balasco
Airs Wednesdays at 9pm on the Audience Network
Kingdom is a different beast for the land of pay cable shows. Byron Balasco — he of such procedurals as Without a Trace, Detroit 1-8-7, and FlashForward — wrote the script on spec. DirecTV’s third scripted series ever (not counting their role as savior of Friday Night Lights) and only the third show out of Endemol Studios, the show is very much a mix of experience and newer hands both behind the camera and in front of it. Balasco’s expertise in the world of Mma is sketchy at best, and before now he was better know as an executive producer or co-producer than a show runner. Even after taking all of this into account, the pilot is a more cohesive look at the damaged and problematic Kulinas »
- Whitney McIntosh
The uncredited star of Kingdom? The F-bomb! DirecTV's highly anticipated new series, starring Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas, Jonathan Tucker and Frank Grillo, centers on the bloody and brutal world of Mma fighting, where just as many curses as punches are flying. And while watching its premiere tonight, we bet you found yourself saying, "F--k, they are saying f--k a lot!'" We decided to play a little game with the buff cast when we caught up with them at Kingdom's premiere party, asking them to guess just how many F-bombs were dropped in the first episode. And guess what? They were all waaay off. "We use it, we can use it," executive producer »
Before the launch of every fall TV season, I watch all of the new pilots to see what to expect from the broadcast and cable networks. One of the most surprising, unexpected, promising and intriguing shows for me is the DirecTV drama series Kingdom, a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) subculture. Former Mma legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is so focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), was too unfocused and unpredictable to become. During this exclusive interview with Collider, singer/actor Nick Jonas (who turns in a very physically and emotionally impressive performance) talked about what attracted him to this project, why he wanted to fight for this role, when he decided to get serious about acting as a career, »
- Christina Radish
In the third episode of "Kingdom," DirecTV's new drama series set in the world of mixed martial arts, one of the main characters gives an impromptu boxing lesson to his often-bullied roommate. When the roommate is reluctant to punch him in the face, our hero cheerfully insists, "Look, I get punched in the face for a living. This is not going to hurt me." This is the most important thing to note about the men of "Kingdom," whether their storylines directly involve Mma or not. In a tumultuous world, being hit, and hitting back, is the one constant in their lives — and not just when they're in the cage. When a problem presents itself, their first, second and third impulse is to clench their fists and find a way to punch back. Created by Byron Belasco, "Kingdom" is DirecTV's latest attempt to use its Audience Network (the first episode debuts »
- Alan Sepinwall
When Byron Balasco tells people that his new show Kingdom is about Mixed Martial Arts, their response tends to be, "Oh, so it's a reality show?" It's not a wild notion, considering that we live in a world with very few (if any) scripted shows about Mma. But for Balasco, the idea never seemed far-fetched. "I had been a fan of Mma for years and years and years, way back even before it became what it is, like 10-12 years ago even," Balasco said. "And it always seemed like a great place to set a show because it's such an interesting cross-section of characters. »
- Samantha Highfill
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