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Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's new historical medical drama The Knick has been picked up for a second season, a month before the first series premieres on U.S. TV.
The Knick, starring British actor Clive Owen, is based in 1900s New York and focuses on groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
The programme is due to debut on America's Cinemax channel on 8 August (14), but cable network bosses are so confident it will be a hit, they have decided to give Soderbergh the green light to make another 10 episodes. Soderbergh reveals he plans to stay on as the series producer and director, putting off his previous plans to retire.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday (10Jul14), he said, "I did not think I would be sitting here talking about 10 hours of material that was behind us and 10 hours in front of us. I've moved in any direction that I've felt would excite me and engage me. It's unfortunate that people have to explain why I went to work, but I'm glad I did."
The moviemaker declared in 2012 he wanted to turn his back on Hollywood and become an artist.
With True Detective finally wrapping up its mystery and the McConaissance officially complete, it's time to turn our attention to some new cable offerings, ones that will keep us just as enthralled and confused as we were every time Rust Cohle opened his mouth to speak. Since right now everyone's more interested in what's on cable than what's playing in theaters, HBO and Cinemax have capitalized on that by releasing trailers for all of the original and returning programs that will keep people glued to their televisions through the summer. But with so many trailers dropping at once, it can be hard to tell your mini series from your TV movies and your realistic political comedies from your fantasy political dramas, and so we've rounded up all of the big trailers in one handy post, along with everything you need to know in order to get excited about them. Although, not even we can keep straight how everyone on Game of Thrones is related, so you're on your own with that one.
Doll and Em
What to Expect: Created and written by Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, the show follows fictional versions of themselves as they attempt to balance work and friendship after Em hires Doll to be her personal assistant. Based on the trailer, it seems like the show will have the strong female characters and emphasis on friendship that Girls does, but with some of the "glamour" and showbusiness antics of Extras. Most Exciting Parts of the Trailer: Well-tailored jumpsuits. Condescending assistants. Driving mishaps. Awkward hot tub confessions. Friendship. Matching blazers. The Big Question: Now that The Newsroom is ending, will Jeff Daniels make an appearance? How about Dev Patel? He's British, it could work!When It Premieres: March 19 at 10 PM on HBO.
Game of Thrones
What We'll See This Season: Now that we've all finally recovered from the Red Wedding, we can celebrate with the Purple Wedding, between everyone's favorite tiny monarch King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, which we're sure will have no complications whatsoever. Meanwhile, Sansa is still attempting to escape from King's Landing and the Lannisters' abuse, Stannis Baratheon is still desperately attempting to seize the Iron Throne, Jamie Lannister finds his loyalty torn between Brienne and Cersei, the Wall is still under attack from the Wildlings, placing Jon Snow in the the middle of the chaos, and Daenerys now has three dragons and a massive army. Basically, everyone is going to die. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Dragons. Sword fights. Revenge. Dragons. Catapults. Battle. Murder. Dragons. Dramatic sword-grasping. Ambition. Samwell Tarly. Dragons. The Big Question: Are the White Walkers still a part of this show, or have we just abandoned that plot completely? When It Premieres: April 6 at 9 PM on HBO.
What to Expect: Created by the writer and director of Office Space, Mike Judge, the show follows six computer programmers who are determined to make their mark in Silicon Valley by launching their own start up, even though they have no business acumen, charisma or social skills. The cast is made up of a group of experienced comedians and actors including Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener and Zach Woods, which means that Judge's weird, irreverent brand of humor should be translated magnificently onscreen. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Computer programming. Anecdotes about meeting the pesident. Bike-throwing. Black turtlenecks. The Big Question: Which is the more appropriate analogy: punk rock or free-form jazz? When It Premieres: April 6 at 10 PM on HBO.
What We'll See This Season: The president has announced that he's not planning to run for re-election, leaving the door to the Oval Office wide open for Selina Meyers, so she launches a PR campaign that includes a ghostwritten memoir and some new staff members. But since everything in her office tends to fall apart, we're sure that the road to the White House will be paved with mis-steps and disasters. Luckily, Jonah's still hanging around, waiting to be abused, so at least Selina has someone to take her aggression out on. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: "I would rather be shot in the face than serve as Vice President again." Oh, Selina. How we've missed you. The Big Question: Who's getting fired (and then rehired and then fired again and then probably re-rehired) this season?When It Premieres: April 6 at 10:30PM on HBO.
The Normal Heart
What to Expect: Based on the Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer, and directed by Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart tells the story of the struggle that gay activists went through at the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s, and their attempts to raise awareness and assistance from a community that wanted to ignore them. Mark Ruffalo will star as Ned Weeks, the activist spearheading the campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness, with Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, and Jim Parsons in supporting roles. Needless to say, this one's going to be a tearjerker. The Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Mark Ruffalo's dramatic gravitas. Denis O'Hare as the dismissive, vaguely-Southern mayor. Blonde Taylor Kitsch. Background music that sounds like someone made Enya into a choir. The Big Question: How many Golden Globes will this inevitably win?When It Premieres: May 25 at 9 PM on HBO.
What to Expect: Set in New York in the 1900s and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, the show follows the work and lives of the staff of the Knickerbocker hospital, including Clive Owen's Dr. John Thackeray. Think Grey's Anatomy, but with less anesthesia and proper hygiene requirements and more gore. Probably the same amount of illicit affairs, though - this is Soderbergh we're talking about. Most Exciting Parts of This Trailer: Blood. Long shots of old-fashioned hospital beds. Blood. Clive Owen's tiny moustache. Blood. Soderbergh FINALLY comes out of retirement! The Big Question: How many vivid nightmares are the scenes of turn-of-the-century surgical procedures going to inspire? When It Premieres: This summer on Cinemax.
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For those who live in cities with an active film industry, spotting idle celebrities wearing wigs and looking bored while smoking cigarettes is just another Thursday. But sometimes, even locals can be caught off guard.
When a Hollywood back lot won't suffice, you have to go straight to the source for old-timey looking buildings. New Yorkers got a bit of a surprise when a block of lower Manhattan was transformed into 1900s Americana — complete with dirt and hay covered streets, and all signs of modernity removed. And to think, they were JUST getting used to those shared Citibike racks, now they have to deal with horse buggies and street urchins.
Turns out this transformation is thanks to Steven Soderbergh, who's filming his new Cinemax series, The Knick, starring Clive Owen — so much for Soderbergh's retirement. Set in downtown New York, the new drama is about "Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics." Also, Owen is set to play a doctor hooked on liquid cocaine. Let's hope he doesn't go method for this one. The series is set for release in sometime next year. So if you're in the city, head over to Orchard Street between Delancey and Grand in the Lower East Side to catch a glimpse of the filming or just for some vicarious time travel on your lunch break. If you wear a bonnet, perhaps you could pass for one of the 300 extras on set.
Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson is heading to the small screen after landing a role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming TV series The Knick. The This Must Be The Place star, 22, has been cast alongside Clive Owen in the 10-part show, which is based in 1900s New York and will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano has also joined the line-up, which includes Andre Holland and Sinister's Juliet Rylance, according to Deadline.com.
Production on the programme, which will air on America's Cinemax cable network, is due to begin in late September (13).
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has put his retirement plans on ice to direct a new original TV series for U.S. cable network Cinemax. Period medical drama The Knick will be set in New York's Knickerbocker Hospital 113 years ago and the 10-episode series will star Clive Owen. Soderbergh, who recently won acclaim for his work on Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, announced he was planning to turn his back on Hollywood and become an artist last year (12).
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is putting his retirement plans on hold to step back behind the camera for a new TV series with Clive Owen. The Oscar winner, 50, was previously expected to hang up his director's hat after the premiere of his Liberace movie, Behind The Candelabra, which aired on U.S. TV last month (May13), but he has now signed up to make new show The Knick.
The programme, based in 1900s New York, will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
Bosses at America's Cinemax cable network have already ordered 10 episodes of The Knick, although a premiere date has yet to be set.
Remember that couple you were friends with through high school — the ones who'd break up every month and swear, with alcohol-infused fury, that they'd never get back together? That's pretty much what's going on with Steven Soderbergh and his toxic love, directing. No matter how many times the filmmaker promises he's out of the game, he finds himself back behind the camera. After the Cannes premiere of Soderbergh's so-called last hurrah, Behind the Candelabra, he has reportedly announced (via Deadline) that he will be directing a television show for Cinemax: a 10-episode drama titled The Knick, set to star Clive Owen.
Soderbergh's next venture (which, for all we know, could be the start of a long lasting television career) will take place at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital circa the beginning of the 20th century. Although Candelabra, Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, is an HBO film, this will be his first real foray with small screen directing — an exciting prospect considering the auteur's versatile originality.
So yes, he's kind of a liar, but in the best way possible.
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