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Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Is animal cruelty a new TV trend?
Stranger Things, The Alienist and The End of the F***ing World have all used animal deaths as plot devices in the past year. But animal-rights groups like PETA are fine with the portrayals -- as long as it's depicted in a negative light. “While gratuitous violence against animals leaves compassionate viewers shocked and sickened, Stephen King, The Alienist, and The End of the F***ing World have all accurately depicted how future serial killers often start by abusing animals,” says PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “As long as no live animals are involved in filming, PETA is all for realistic on-screen portrayals showing what animals endure in real life at the hands of evil humans.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
The Alienist wraps up with impressive ratings
The TNT limited series had the second-highest demo viewership on TNT, after Claws. And the second-highest total viewership, after Major Crimes.
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Big Love alum Douglas Smith is returning to HBO in Big Little Lies
The Alienist star, who played Bill and Barb Henrickson's son on Big Love, has landed the new Big Little Lies role of Corey Brockfield, "an off-beat surfer, aspiring marine biologist and Jane’s co-worker."
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
The Alienist sets a TNT record for a drama series launch
TNT says last week’s premiere was watched cumulatively by 13.1 million viewers.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
TNT’s The Alienist can’t escape TV’s serial-killer fatigue
“The Alienist wishes to balance the quaintness of a period drama with the verve of modern procedurals like ....Hannibal and Criminal Minds,” says Ira Madison III, “but it all comes across as too familiar to be entirely exciting. The Alienist isn’t particularly interested in the minutiae of technology like the superior The Knick was and, as a period piece, it doesn’t quite feel as sumptuously lived in as The Crown or other series of that ilk. I have never read Carr’s novel; it’s quite possible fans were clamoring for this adaptation. But as it arrives now, it feels unnecessary in a television landscape where we’ve gone to this well multiple times. How many times must a brilliant man hunt down serial killers in the same fashion, without at least the visual and trippy panache of a Hannibal?”
- The Alienist’s joylessness and gruesome images combine to make it a slog
- The totality of the entire show can’t fail to impress
- The first two episodes are too slow in showing things in detail, as if it’s a little too proud of its expensive budget
- It’s almost too much at times, but the rich detail does justice for fans of Carr’s novel
- The Alienist doesn’t distinguish itself in a crowded field that includes similar shows like The Knick, Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders
- It’s hard not to be distracted by the settings because they are more interesting than the people on screen
- Author Caleb Carr has spent 25 years “battling against really bad interpretations of this book” to bring it to the small screen
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 3:52PM EDT
TNT sets premiere date for The Alienest
Based on Caleb Carr’s bestselling novel, the new drama starring Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans premieres on Jan. 22.