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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
If Mma fans watch the sport for the kicks and punches, they should tune in to new DirecTV drama “Kingdom” to discover the personal battles fighters go through before they even step in the cage. Stars Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker and Matt Lauria explained the drama that lies beneath the violence during TheWrap‘s latest episode of “Drinking with the Stars,” presented by Freixenet. See video: Nick Jonas Is Bald, Buff and Punchy in ‘Kingdom’ Trailer “I think that the Mma backdrop of this show is incredibly important,” Jonas said. “It's not so much the violence, but this is really an art. »
- Greg Gilman
On Parenthood, Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker at separate times fought for Amber Holt’s heart. Now the actors are fighting on a whole other level on DirecTV’s Kingdom, which premieres Wednesday at 9/8c.
Kingdom stars Frank Grillo (Captain America; Winter Soldier) as Alvey “King” Kulina, a former Mma (mixed martial arts) fighter who now lords over a struggling Venice Beach gym. Kiele Sanchez (The Glades) plays Alvey’s girlfriend Lisa, while Tucker and Nick Jonas portray his sons Jay and Nate. Lauria and Joanna Going (House of Cards) round out the cast as Lisa’s ex-love/recently imprisoned Mma champ Ryan Wheeler, »
After getting past the premise’s inherent pander — Hey, mixed martial arts! That’ll appeal to a young male demo! — “Kingdom,” an awful title, quickly establishes itself as a solid drama, one that weaves L.A.’s Venice neighborhood and its assorted quirks into the fabric of the show. Perpetual tough guy Frank Grillo plays Alvey Kulina, the legendary fighter who presides over a local gym, and whose youngest son, portrayed by a buff Nick Jonas, is one of his brightest prospects. Yes, there are plenty of boxing-movie-type cliches in creator Byron Balasco’s series, but DirecTV’s latest original still delivers a surprisingly potent punch.
Alvey’s talents are conveniently demonstrated right away (courtesy of a couple of not-so-friendly neighborhood gangbangers), but his larger problem involves the gym, which — as his girlfriend/inhouse manager Lisa (Kiele Sanchez) keeps reminding him — is struggling financially. Blame part of it on Alvey’s soft heart, »
- Brian Lowry
Creator/Ep Byron Balasco talked about how his Mma fandom, even before the sport approached mainstream popularity, helped inspire the show.
“I’ve always been interested in the world (of Mma), I’ve been a fan of the sport for years going back to 12 or 13 years ago,” Balasco said. “What fascinated me most is that fighting and violence is something we all run from 99 percent of the time. So I was really interested in what makes these guys do this, for relatively little financial reward, and little safety net.”
Balasco emphasized that the series is not a fight-a-week show, and that while the physicality and violence of the Mma world sets the stage for the drama, the episodes are driven by the characters and family drama. Star Frank Grillo, »
- Kevin Noonan
Directed by Adam Kane
Aired September 15, 2014 on Syfy
While Bryan Fuller’s style may be a bit too quirky, macabre, or esoteric for some audiences, there’s no denying that the man knows how to give good pilot. The first episode of Wonderfalls was an endearing, fast-talking affair that gradually injected fantasy into early 20s/retail ennui. The first episode of Pushing Daisies was nothing less than a storybook brought to life, a vibrant spin on the matters of life, death, and what happens when the order of the two reverses. And the first episode of Hannibal was a visceral, otherworldly affair that made it clear from the outset it wasn’t your parents’ Hannibal Lecter.
That track record leads to a lot of high expectations for High Moon, even though unlike those previous shows the pilot is (likely) all there’s going to be. »
- Les Chappell
Ron doesn't see why Syfy's fun, good-looking sci-fi pilot, High Moon, didn't make it to series. There's plenty here to enjoy...
Once upon a time, you couldn't sneeze in the summer without hitting some sort of made-for-tv movie. Sometimes, they'd be specially made for the purpose of airing. Sometimes, they'd just be unused pilots that happened to be edited into a two-hour block to fill a little airtime. For every The Night Stalker, there was a Steel Magnolias, K-9 And Company, or a Riding With Death (which went on to fame via Mystery Science Theater 3000). In other words, the TV movie pilot doesn't always work out all that well. However, you have to give SyFy credit for trying to make something out of nothing with High Moon, the television pilot version of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.
In the not-too-distant future, the moon has become the new »
Tonight, Americans have the choice between watching Dancing with the Stars, Monday Night Football, and … a SyFy movie with gay Russian spies on the moon. Curious? You’re not alone: SyFy executives thought the same thing of Bryan Fuller’s newest creation, High Moon. For four years, Fuller and the channel entered into an on-again, off-again relationship. At first it was a pilot, then a miniseries, then back to a pilot, then back to… you get the idea.
“ecause of how strange the development process was at the network, I don’t think anybody was surprised [that it wasn't made into a series],” Fuller said. “Right before we were ordered, »
- Kathryn Luttner
A sci-fi saga set in outer space produced by Bryan Fuller, the creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls? The idea sounded promising when SyFy ordered a 90-minute pilot for High Moon last summer, but alas, the finished product didn’t entice the network to send the show to series. Fuller’s fans and geeks of all stripes can judge for themselves when SyFy airs the pilot as a TV movie on Monday, Sept. 15, at 9 Pm.
- Jeff Jensen
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