FX has racked up some Nielsen ratings wins with anthology series like American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and Feud. Simon Beaufoy’s new Trust TV show is also an anthology about one family’s triumphs and tragedies. Should it get a renewal, each season will focus on a different chapter in the epic of the Getty family, of oil dynasty fame. How will their history — layered with wealth, power, and personal failings — play out on the small screen? Will Trust be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
The first, 10-episode season of Trust stars Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty Sr., Michale Esper as J. Paul Getty Jr., Harris Dickinson as John Paul Getty III, Hilary Swank as Gail Getty, and Brendan Fraser as James Fletcher Chace. The FX anthology drama kicks off in 1973, in Rome, when the Italian mafia kidnaps young heir John Paul Getty III. Due to their hostage’s pedigree, the kidnappers expect a handsome ransom, but they never anticipated how this family’s issues would complicate their plot. While grandfather J. Paul Getty is ensconced in the English countryside, and the boy’s father, J. Paul Getty Jr., is lost in a London fog of his own making, John Paul’s mother, Gail, is left to negotiate with her son’s abductors, and she’s flat broke.
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