Marvel Comics superheroes aren’t usually up the TV academy’s alley, but they might make an exception for “Jessica Jones,” which premiered its first season last fall on Netflix. The gritty drama stars Krysten Ritter as the title character, who has superhuman strength but withdraws from superhero life to work as a private investigator in New York City.
Distinguishing “Jessica Jones” from other Marvel entities like “Agents of SHIELD” and “The Avengers” is its dark tone. Jessica is not just a private eye. She also suffers from post-traumatic stress after being raped and manipulated by Kilgrave (David Tennant), a supervillain with mind-control abilities who is less interested in world domination than in self-gratification, which makes him all the scarier.
The series was developed for Netflix by Melissa Rosenberg, who has lots of experience exploring psychologically scarred protagonists. She earned three Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series as a producer of Showtime’s “Dexter,” about a vigilante serial killer. Will “Jessica Jones” be received just as well at the Emmys? It’s off to a good start on the awards scene. Ritter earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Drama Actress in January. The series also won a Peabody Award and picked up a Television Critics Association bid for Best New Series.
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Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones
David Tennant, who plays Kilgrave
Sean Callery, Composer
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