Although TNT has carried Turner’s drama banner for a while, in the last year or so, they’ve tried to reposition it as the home for edgier content, even going so far as to cancel Major Crimes — its best Nielsen ratings performer. Is The Alienist — a Gilded Age period mystery — a good fit with the cable network’s grittier focus? Since it features a serial killer, does that mean it fills the bill? Will The Alienist be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Based on the Caleb Carr novel, The Alienist TV show stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Ray Wisdom, and Q’orianka Kilcher. Set in 1896 in New York City, the TNT drama centers on Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), an alienist, i.e. a criminal psychologist. When a ritualistic serial killer starts targeting boy prostitutes, Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt (Geraghty) drafts Kreizler to head up his secret investigation into the murders.
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What do you think? Do you like The Alienist TV series on TNT? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*5/21/20 update: TNT has changed the title of the sequel series to The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness and is treating it like a second season.