Cinemax is adding another drama series to its growing slate of original series. The network has announced that they have given a 10 episode straight-to-series order to The Knick, a period drama set in 1900s New York. The series will feature Clive Owen (Behind The Candelabra) in one of the lead roles, with veteran director Steven Soderbergh attached to direct all 10 episodes.
Speaking of the pick up of The Knick, Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, said: “We are thrilled that Steven and Clive have chosen to bring this unique and exciting series to Cinemax.”
Penned by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, The Knick is set in downtown New York in 1900 and centers on 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. The executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Clive Owen, Michael Sugar and Gregory Jacobs. Michael Polaire is on board to produce, with Kary Antholis, President of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, and David Levine, Vice President of HBO Entertainment, set to oversee the series.
The Knick is the latest original series for HBO’s sister network Cinemax, who have been aggressively pushing into original dramas over the past two years. The series joins a growing slate which includes Strike Back and Banshee. The network also has a number of series in development including a spin-off of its successful series Hunted titled Sam Hunter, which is all but guaranteed to get a green-light in the coming months.