“The Alienist” could be a contender in the coming TV awards season, though TNT’s announcement of its release date means it’ll just miss the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. It will officially premiere on January 22, 2018. Watch the new trailer for the series above.
“I’m an alienist — that is a doctor, but instead of looking to cure disease of the body, I look to help those who are suffering from illness of the mind,” says Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) as the title character, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist called in to investigate a disturbing series of murders along with newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and police secretary Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). Kreizler adds, “Sometimes society looks upon people as crazy. It may only mean that they’re alienated from their own true natures.”
Though it’s set in New York City at the end of the 19th century, the series was actually filmed in Budapest, Hungary, and the trailer shows off impressive production values from costumes to production design to cinematography. Those could make it a big contender at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys, but does the show overall have potential for more — maybe even Best Drama Series?
TNT has done well in longform categories in past years, earning six nominations for Best TV Movie and winning for “Door to Door” in 2003, plus seven nominations for Best Limited Series with a win for “Joseph” in 1995. But the network has never contended for Best Drama, though Kyra Sedgwick did win Best Drama Actress for “The Closer” in 2010.
However, there’s a first time for everything. USA was never nominated for Best Drama until “Mr. Robot” broke through in 2016, and Hulu never had a Best Drama nominee until it won in 2017 for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” All it takes as the right project at the right time, and this series also has the benefit of Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) as a writer and producer and Jakob Vebruggen (“London Spy,” “House of Cards”) as a director.
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