‘The Alienist’ trailer: Creator Cary Fukunaga’s period thriller could bring Emmys back to TNT

On Wednesday, May 17, TNT released its first official trailer for the upcoming series “The Alienist,” and it looks like it could be a major awards push for the cable network. Based on the novel by Caleb Carr, it’s set in New York City at the end of the 19th century and follows an investigation into a series of brutal murders. And from the style and tone of the trailer it looks like “True Detective” crossed with “Boardwalk Empire.” Watch it above.

Comparisons to “True Detective” might be especially apt since “The Alienest” is created and written by that show’s Emmy winning director Cary Fukunaga. He was also intended to direct this series, but that task ultimately went to BAFTA nominee Jakob Verbruggen, whose credits include “The Fall,” “House of Cards,” “Black Mirror” and “London Spy.” Also on-board as executive producers are Oscar winner Eric Roth (writer of “Forrest Gump,” “The Insider” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and Oscar nominee Hossein Amini (writer of “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive”).

“The Alienist” also features a starry main cast led by Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”), along with “Beauty and the Beast” star Luke Evans and SAG Award nominee Dakota Fanning (“I Am Sam,” “War of the Worlds”). The production values showcased in the trailer might also make the series a strong contender in Creative Arts Emmy categories — TNT invested an ambitious $5 million per episode.

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TNT has been home to Emmy contenders in the past, including the dramas “Men of a Certain Age” and “The Closer,” and longform programs including “Into the West” and “Nightmares and Dreamscapes,” but it hasn’t been nominated for a scripted program since “Mob City” earned a trio of Creative Arts bids in 2014. It hasn’t won for a scripted program since “Southland” won the second of its two Stunt Coordination Emmys in 2012. And the last acting winner for the network was Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer” (Best Drama Actress, 2010).

Will “The Alienist” put TNT back on the map as a top awards contender? Watch the trailer above, join the discussion with your fellow TV fans in our forums, and read more Gold Derby entertainment news here.

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