One show that really stood out for me this year so far was The Alienist on TNT. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, and the first in the Kreizler book series, the story takes place in New York’s “Gilded Age” and followed Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Played by Daniel Bruhl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” who is in relentless pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. During this time in history, Kreizler uses methods from the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies so he is forced to work outside of the system. Joining Bruhl, Dakota Fanning played ambitious police secretary Sara Howard and Luke Evans played newspaper illustrator John Moore who both agree to help Kreizler.
The limited series ended up being the #1 new cable series in the 18-49 demographic. In fact, the show reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms and also managed to earn six Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. So it’s no surprise that another limited series has been greenlit today by TNT, this time based on the 1997 follow-up novel The Angel of Darkness. The new series will see all three lead actors return and also changes up from hunting a serial killer to finding a missing girl. While the the same characters will return, this is considered a second limited series and not season 2 to The Alienist.
In the novel, Sara has become a private detective and seeks Kreizler’s help in locating Ana Linares, the kidnapped infant daughter of a visiting Spanish dignitary. The mystery is complicated by rising tensions between Spain and the United States along with an enigmatic woman with a murderous past under the protection of the infamous gang the Hudson Dusters.
Paramount Television and Studio T will produce this series as they did The Alienist. Eric Roth, Steve Golin, Rosalie Swedlin, and Cary Joji Fukunaga will serve as executive producers. Hopefully it will be just as effective as the impressive first limited series. Stay tuned!