Animal Kingdom TNT Red Carpet Premiere Cast Interviews! – Watch Scott Speedman, Ellen Barkin & more! Series Debuts Tues, June 14, with a Two-Hour Premiere!
Animal Kingdom TNT Red Carpet Interviews!
Bay Area HQ went on location to Venice Beach, California for the star-studded season premiere of Animal Kingdom TNT. We had fun red carpet interviews with Daniella Alonso, Shawn Hatosy, Scott Speedman, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, John Wells, Nicki Micheaux, Dorian Missick, Christina Ochoa, Ellen Wroe, Moniqua Plante and great footage of the entire Season One cast! The magnetic actors talk surfing, nude scenes, working with Ellen Barkin, and much more!
Animal Kingdom TNT
TNT‘s Animal Kingdom is a bold new drama starring Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, This Boy’s Life, Ocean’s Thirteen), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow), Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless), Ben Robson (Vikings, Dracula: The Dark Prince), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars, It Follows), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, An Inspector Calls), Daniella Alonso (Revolution) and Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, Ithaca).
Animal Kingdom TNT centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Heading up the family is J’s estranged grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin), whom he’s been shielded from for years. She is orbited by Baz (Speedman), her relatively level-headed right-hand man whom she adopted when he was a teenager; Smurf’s eldest son, the quietly menacing, mentally disturbed Pope (Hatosy), who has just gotten out of prison; her tough, hyperactive, recreational drug-using middle son, Craig (Robson); and the troubled and suspicious Deran (Weary), the “baby” of the family. Also prominent are Nicky Belmont (Gordon), J’s steady girlfriend, and Catherine Ortiz (Alonso), Baz’s de facto wife and the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, Lena.
J will soon learn that they all make their livings through carefully planned armed robberies and other criminal activities, and that Smurf is an intense, beguiling and complicated matriarch who rules over “her boys” with a borderline incestuous love. It turns out that joining Smurf’s family comes with more danger and excitement than J might be ready to handle.
Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy® winner John Wells (TNT’s Southland, ER, The West Wing, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (TNT’sSouthland, Halt and Catch Fire, Damages, NYPD Blue) serving as executive producers of the series, along with Etan Frankel (Shameless, Southland) and Christopher Chulack (ER, Shameless, Southland). Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn (TNT’s Southland, Shameless) also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film written & directed by David Michôd and produced by Liz Watts, who also serve as executive producers on the series.