TNT Releases New Key Art and Trailer For Serial Crime Drama ‘The Alienist’
TNT seems ready to give viewers an exciting serial killer drama The Alienist in January of next year. As someone who watches a lot of similar shows, The Alienist looks like it has the potential to be something great.
Serial killer crime dramas aren’t anything new. But for me to enjoy one, it all comes down to what the narrative delivers. As someone who has a background in psychology, I’m not a fan of media sensationalizing severe mental ailments. People need to realize that serial killers are dangerous individuals and the so-called ‘cool’ factor isn’t something to look up to. A good example is the Mindhunter series on Netflix, which has been renewed for a second season. It does an impressive job of handling such issues.
Some of the TV shows I enjoy, including Animal Kingdom and Good Behavior, are from TNT. The writers on those shows have commendably handled problematic characters. That’s why I have high hopes for The Alienist.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Alienist opens when a series of haunting murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and forensics, this band of social outsiders set out to apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers. The limited series also stars Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Ray Wisdom and Q’orianka Kilcher.
The premise looks very interesting and I’ve talked about The Alienist before. Also, feel free to watch the new trailer!
The series was shot in Budapest, Hungary. It is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. BAFTA-nominee Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror) serves as director and executive producer along with Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Academy Award winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Academy Award nominees Hossein Amini (Drive) and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, along with Chris Symes. Marshall Persinger (Rectify) and Jamie Payne (The Driver) serve as co-executive producers.
Let’s see what The Alienist offers when it premieres on TNT on January 22, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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