‘The Last Panthers’: SundanceTV’s crime thriller looks like strong Emmy contender (Trailer)

Will “The Last Panthers” score an Emmy nomination for Best Limited Series? The six-part crime thriller is inspired by the true story of the international jewel thieves known as the Pink Panthers. It premieres on SundanceTV on April 13. Watch the trailer above.

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International intrigue has certainly been a winning formula for the network, with three earlier offerings all earning Emmy program prizes. So we should take “The Last Panthers” seriously as a contender, especially given its strong pedigree. It stars a pair of Oscar-nominees: Samantha Morton and John Hurt. Morton has one previous Emmy bid, for Tom Hooper‘s HBO telefilm “Longford” in 2007, while veteran Hurt is aiming for his first ever Emmy bid. The TV academy loves movie stars who move to the small screen, though there’s no shortage of those in the unusually crowded field of movies and miniseries jockeying for position this year.

Joining Morton and Hurt is Tahar Rahim, who isn’t yet a household name in the US, but cineasts will remember him from his roles in the internationally renowned films “A Prophet” (a 2009 Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Film) and “The Past.”

“Last Panthers” is written by Jack Thorne, who has a pair of BAFTA TV Awards under his belt: Best Drama Series for “The Fades” and Best Miniseries for “This is England ’88,” both in 2012. And the director is Johan Renck, a Swedish filmmaker whose previous TV credits include episodes of “Bloodline,” “Bates Motel,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.”

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SundanceTV has had a solid track record in the longform categories at the Emmys in recent years, making its first splash with the critically hailed “Carlos,” which earned nominations for Best Movie/Mini Actor (Edgar Ramirez) and Best Movie/Mini Directing in 2011.

The network performed even better with “Top of the Lake” in 2013. That murder mystery scored eight nominations, including Best Movie/Miniseries and Best Movie/Mini Actress (Elisabeth Moss). That same year the network’s spy drama “Restless” also made the cut, scoring a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress bid for Charlotte Rampling.

SundanceTV’s most recent success was its four nominations last year for the political thriller “The Honorable Woman“: Best Miniseries, Best Movie/Mini Actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Best Movie/Mini Writing and Best Movie/Mini Directing.

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