TNT is adding two new scripted drama series to their line-up of originals. The network has picked up their pilots Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), and Good Behavior, starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery; to series. Both have received 10 episode orders and will premiere on the network in 2016.
“Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom are muscular, distinct dramas that will define the new direction of TNT,” said Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s Executive Vice-President of Original Programming. “We believe audiences will love watching Michelle Dockery trade in her manners for the life of a sexy, complex ex-con in Good Behavior and Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman command an unruly family of criminals and adrenaline junkies in Animal Kingdom.”
Animal Kingdom follows 17-year-old Josh, who moves in with his wild, free-wheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies and is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess. But after Josh discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities, it suddenly becomes clear to him that joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. The cast includes Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Daniella Alonso and Molly Gordon.
The drama series hails from Jonathan Lisco, who penned the script for the pilot, and is set up at Warner Bros’ cable division Warner Horizon Television and studio based John Wells Productions. The West Wing and Shameless executive producer John Wells directed the pilot and serves as an executive producer alongside Jonathan Lisco and Andrew Stearn. Animal Kingdom is based on the feature film of the same name which was penned and produced by David Michôd, who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Good Behaviour follows Letty Dobesh (Michelle Dockery), a thief and con-artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is just how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat — but when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, setting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship. Juan Diego Botto (Ismael), Terry Kinney (Oz) and Lusia Strus (Wayward Pines) also star.
Based on the book series by Blake Crouch, Good Behavior was developed for television by Chad Hodge, who previously adapted Crouch’s Wayward Pines for Fox. Hodge penned the script and serves as the executive producer/showrunner. The ITV joint venture Tomorrow Studios are producing, with Blake Crouch, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements executive producing alongside Hodge. Notably, it was Hodge’s commitment to Good Behavior that forced him to step down as showrunner on Wayward Pines for its just ordered second season.
Animal Kingdom and Good Behavior are the first projects to go to series out of new TNT topper Kevin Reilly’s push to refocus the scripted brand and double the amount of dramas on the network. They join a slate of returning dramas that includes The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Murder In The First. There is no formal decision just yet on the fates of either Legends or The Librarians, which are currently airing their second seasons on the network.