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The same day Pierce Brosnan was tapped to replace Sam Neill as star of AMC’s upcoming drama The Son, Jacob Lofland has been set to play the character’s younger version. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Lofland will play the young Eli McCullough. Charming, self-reliant… »
Exclusive: Pierce Brosnan is returning to television as the lead of AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son. The former James Bond is replacing Sam Neill who had been originally cast in the role but left for personal reasons. This marks only the second major TV series gig for Brosnan three decades after his starring role on the 1982 NBC adventure dramedy Remington Steele. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a… »
Pierce Brosnan is set to replace Sam Neill in the lead role in AMC's upcoming drama series "The Son," marking only his second major TV series role - the first being the one that shot him to fame over thirty years ago - NBC's "Remington Steele".
Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the multi-generational epic follows America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.
Brosnan will play Eli, a a relic of the Wild West and the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings.
Neill was originally cast in the role but left for personal reasons. The series has a ten-episode straight-to-series order with Tom Harper ("War & Peace") directing the opening episode. »
- Garth Franklin
British director Tom Harper (War & Peace) is set to direct the opening episode of AMC's straight-to-series drama The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. The series stars Sam Neill whom Harper directed in the BBC series Peaky Blinders. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the… »
Wgn America has ordered a thirteen-episode second season of its Appalachian family drama "Outsiders".
Premiering late January and growing with each episode, to date the show is averaging 2.8 million viewers in Live+7 ratings.
David Morse stars in the series as the patriarch of an off-the-grid family in Kentucky battling outside forces in a stoic bid to maintain their unconventional lifestyle. Its the third original series for the network and helped launch their fourth, "Underground," which premiered this week to 2.5 million viewers across four airings. [Source: Variety]
James Gandolfini's long in the works passion project "Criminal Justice" is finally moving forward at HBO with several new names joining the cast - Michael K. Williams, Glenne Headly, Ben Shenkman, Max Casella, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-d'Elia, Paul Sparks, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo and Ned Eisenberg.
- Garth Franklin
Production on the AMC Studios/Sonar Entertainment series, which has a 10-episode order, is scheduled to begin in June in Austin. Also cast in the series is Sydney Lucas, the Tony-nominated pre-teen from Broadway’s “Fun Home,” Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon and Paolo Nunez.
“Son” is based on the novel by Philipp Meyer that chronicles America’s rise as a superpower through the prism of the McCullough family. Neill’s Eli McCullough is born on the day that Texas declared itself an independent Republic from Mexico, earning him the nickname of “First Son of Texas.” The series is expected to bow on AMC next year.
- Variety Staff
Don’t mess with Texas Sam Neill.
Neill’s character, Eli, is the patriarch of the McCullough clan who was kidnapped and raised by the Comanche tribe and applies what he learned among the Native Americans in his present-day business dealings. Per the official character description, Eli “was born on the day Texas became an independent republic, earning the nickname ‘First Son of Texas’ and is a relic of the Wild West, »
Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders) is set as the lead in AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. Rounding out the cast in the 10-episode series are Henry Garrett (Poldark), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Paola Nunez (Reina de corazones), and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home). Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower… »
Charting the rise and fall of a Texas oil empire, the Sonar Entertainment series is described as a multi-generational drama about the country’s growth into a superpower. It is an adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s book that is penned by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Kevin Murphy is showrunner and exec producer with Meyer, Shipman, McGreevy and Sonar’s Jenna Glazier. AMC has ordered 10 episodes.
“Philipp Meyer’s epic novel ‘The Son’ is storytelling at its finest, chronicling the engrossing lives of a Texan family over six generations and serving as an incredible foundation on which to build an equally gripping television series,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.
The series is one of three that »
- Whitney Friedlander
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports AMC has ordered The Son TV show straight to series. AMC will present at the Television Critics' Association winter press tour, today. This Texas drama is based on Philipp Meyer's award winning novel of the same name.
The Son was a 2014 Pulitzer finalist, although the prize went to The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Per Deadline, Meyer will write and produce with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Deadline also names Kevin Murphy as showrunner and Michael Connolly as producer.
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AMC is going straight to series on another show. The cable network has picked up The Son to series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. AMC declined comment, but a formal announcement is expected to come Friday during the cabler's time at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The Son is based on the book by Philipp Meyer and hails from Sonar Entertainment. Written and produced by Philipp Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy and producer Michael Connolly, it is described as a multi-generational drama about America's birth as a superpower told through the rise and fall of one Texas
- Lesley Goldberg
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