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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
AMC may preside over two of the hottest flesh-munching shows in town in The Walking Dead and Californian offshoot, Fear the Walking Dead, but the network is expanding into original content both now and into 2017, and today brings word that The Son has added acting veteran Sam Neill.
Pitched as a multigenerational family drama, Neill will take point as the proud patriarch of a Texan family. Currently, AMC has ordered ten one-hour episodes of the series, and it’ll look to tell the rise and fall of an empire.
Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Son takes place during the formative years of the United States, just as America was coming into its own as the world’s leading superpower. Think the gold rush of the mid-19th century; a time of remarkable excess and expansion as North America become an awful lot smaller »
- Michael Briers
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
AMC has cast Sam Neill has the lead of the upcoming family drama “The Son.” The drama, based on Philipp Meyer’s novel of the same name, was ordered straight-to-series last month, with 10 hour-long episodes set to air in 2017. It is described as a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. The “Jurassic Park” actor will play Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family in the drama, alongside co-stars Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Nunez and Sydney Lucas. Also read: AMC Renews ' »
- Reid Nakamura
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… »
5 items from 2016
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