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Post-“Mad Men,” Vincent Kartheiser doesn’t seem to have an issue with typecasting. After all, there are very few similarities between ’60s ad executive Pete Campbell and his character William Bradford on Nat Geo’s 17th-century-set colonial miniseries “Saints & Strangers,” which comes to a conclusion tonight. Kartheiser told TheWrap that every role he’s taken since “Mad Men” has felt like the opposite of Campbell, because that character was so detailed and anchored to a specified place and time. And playing Bradford, the longtime governor of Plymouth Colony, proved a bigger challenge in preparation. “This isn’t World War II, »
- Tony Maglio
After Batman Begins, it seems that every major character has to get a gritty origin story. Now it seems that even holidays are getting gritty origin story reboots, as National Geographic is airing a more realistic retelling of the origins of Thanksgiving this weekend called Saints and Strangers. (Don't expect any paper hand turkeys.) It stars Vincent Kartheiser, best known for his portrayal of Mad Men's most punchable weasel Pete Campbell. Kartheiser has traded in the slicked-back hair and blue suits for a big, burly beard and long tendrils of hair; he sort of resembles a young version of Vincent Price's insidious Witchfinder General. Speaking with GQ, Kartheiser described his character, William Bradford, as "a Man who has a turn..." There's a turn in his story where there really is no right choice. The right choice eludes him, and this is a man who believes the right choice »
- Greg Cwik
Earnestness is the dominant feature of “Saints & Strangers,” a two-night miniseries from National Geographic Channel that chronicles the initial encounters of Pilgrim settlers and the Native Americans who were already living in what became known as Massachusetts. The third hour culminates in a depiction of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, and all that comes before fairly reflects the fraught dynamics that preceded that famous meal. And yet the serious intent of “Saints” trips it up at times; many characters remain one-dimensional, and some sequences are plodding or repetitive. That said, the mini features nuanced work in a number of the Native Americans portrayals — often the best-developed characters on the screen.
Squanto (Kalani Queypo), who famously helped forge relationships between various Native American tribes and the new arrivals, is a particularly ambiguous figure. He’s not entirely trusted by either side, and Queypo paints an effective portrait of him as a man »
- Maureen Ryan
The two-night event Saints & Strangers premieres Sunday, Nov. 22, and Monday, Nov. 23, at 9/8Ct on National Geographic Channel. Vincent Kartheiser is doing his best to be patient. Sporting coarse Pilgrim garb, a full beard and shoulder-length tresses (no Mad Men, this!) as Plymouth Colony leader William Bradford on Ngc’s Saints & Strangers, Kartheiser finds the speech he is about to deliver — one arguably launching American free market commerce — interrupted by a loud buzzing sound emanating from somewhere on the Stellenbosch, South Africa, wine farm on which the project’s main sets are nestled. The buzzing stops. Kartheiser … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
As American children are taught in school, in November 1620, the Mayflower arrived in New England’s Provincetown Harbor after 66 days at sea.
This November, National Geographic Channel will go beyond what’s in the history books and delve into the world of the early settlers of that area with the ambitious scripted TV movie “Saints & Strangers.” In anticipation of the premiere, the cabler has released two behind-the-scenes teasers of the making of the miniseries exclusively to Variety.
“Growing up, we learn about the Mayflower and the colonization of America, but we never learn the whole story. The real story is an incredible survival story. ‘Saints & Strangers’ is the opportunity to tell the world about our country,” said executive producer Gina Matthews.
- Whitney Friedlander
Kinney will play Nora, an intelligent and gutsy young adult who volunteers to become a sex surrogate in the name of research. The show, now set in 1966, will continue to explore the relationships surrounding researching duo Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the wake of the sexual revolution.
In addition to garnering a substantial fanbase on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Kinney’s television career spans the likes of “The Following,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Svu” and a role in season two of “The Knick.”
Kinney is repped by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit. Season three of “Masters of Sex” premieres at 10 p.m. July 12 on Showtime.
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- Seth Kelley
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