‘Into the Badlands’ & ‘The Son’ To End Runs On AMC, Set Premiere Dates For Final Episodesby Nellie Andreeva • tipFebruary 9, 2019 2:30pm
AMC’s martial arts drama Into the Badlands will end after the upcoming final eight episodes of its third season, which will debut March 24. The network also has set an April 24 premiere date for Season 2 of drama The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan, which will be its last.
Neither cancellation is particularly surprising. Both Into the Bandlands and The Son were renewed for Season 3 and Season 2, respectively, almost two years ago. Into the Badlands’ 16-episode third season was completed awhile ago, the cast was released, and a number of them have taken on new acting gigs. As for The Son, as a Western, it did draw respectable viewership though it was old-skewing. Additionally, I hear star Brosnon only had signed a short-term contract which is the case with many movie stars who do TV series these days.
Based on Philipp Meyer’s best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name, season two of The Son concludes the journey of the iconic “First Son of Texas.” Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan) will stop at nothing to secure his legacy against the backdrop of the nascent oil industry of 1917. His tools are deceit, fraud and murder — weapons he wields with the effortless skill of the Comanche warrior he once was. But the biggest challenge he faces will be quelling a civil war under his own roof, triggered by his idealistic son Pete (Henry Garrett). Eli knows the ultimate prize of American dynasty is nearly in his grasp, and time is running out. Meanwhile, in 1851, young Eli (Jacob Lofland) is now married and a respected warrior among the Comanches, but tragedy forces him into a leadership position as the vast Comanche empire crumbles around him. Broadening the scope, a 1988 timeline is introduced, bringing the McCullough saga into the more immediate past. Here, at age 85, Eli’s granddaughter Jeanne Anne McCullough (Lois Smith) is confronted with a long-buried family secret.
The Son is produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment. Showrunner and writer Kevin Murphy, director Kevin Dowling, author Philipp Meyer, and Sonar Entertainment’s Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni are Executive Producers. In addition to Brosnan, Smith, Garrett and Lofland, the series also stars Paola Núñez, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson Barnes, Sydney Lucas, James Parks, Elizabeth Frances, Shane Graham and Kathryn Prescott.
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The Son's Pierce Brosnan on the Heart and Soul of Eli McCullough April 24, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Deceit, fraud and murder are just a few of the weapons utilized by Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the “First Son of Texas,” when AMC’s The Son, based on the novel by Philipp Meyer, returns for its second and final season on April 27.
Eli will stop at nothing to secure his dream of creating an American dynasty against the backdrop of the nascent oil industry of 1917.
“The man is driven by a very warped morality of humanity, which, to him, is absolutely in keeping with his own normality of life,” Brosnan tells Parade.com in this exclusive interview. “He forges on to make a better world for his family, for his sons, and he has no real scruples, except unto himself. He is a modern man living in a time that is on the cusp of greatness, which he knows, and he wants to be part of that and by any means possible.”
But the biggest challenge he faces will be quelling a civil war under his own roof, triggered by his idealistic son Pete (Henry Garrett). Eli knows the ultimate prize of American dynasty is nearly in his grasp, and time is running out.
“There are many challenges this season,” Brosnan says. “Of course, there are. It’s a drama. There’s a challenge with my other son, Phineas (David Wilson Barnes), a very emotional one and it only highlights the sophistication of Eli.”
In the first episode back, Eli goes in search of his son Pete and brings him home, even though Pete ran off with Maria (Paola Nuñez), so he went against his father’s wishes. Why didn’t he leave him in Mexico?
Because he loves him. He wants him back. He needs him. He is the good parts of my soul. He is the part that is the most human and the kindest, and it is a pure gut instinct of fathering. That’s what sends him on his quest to bring his son back.
We get to see flashbacks to the time Eli spent with the Comanche, and there’s some pretty brutal stuff there. Is that what shaped him, or was he born with the ability to not let emotion get in his way?
When you consider that he was captured when he was, I want to say, 11 years of age or maybe a little older…and there were many families who were brutalized by the circumstances of their time. I think what the white man was doing to the Indian population was atrocious, and consequently, in return, they took absolutely no mercy on the pioneers. So, yes, that’s the driving force of the character, this somewhat Jekyll and Hyde psyche of this man. His instincts and his human foibles are that of a Comanche, but he has learned to assimilate that world into that of the white man.
Because he’s been brought up by the Comanche and has assimilated himself into the modern-day world, he has a certain yardage on the fellows that he meets around him, but at the same time, he is always behind the eight-ball, as it were, because there are other men who are far more advanced and more savvy than he is. So, it’s constantly a question of survival.
It seems like his granddaughter (Sydney Lucas) is following in his footsteps. She was very quick to write off her father (Pete) when he took off, and she’s not so thrilled as her brothers about his return.
One hundred percent. She is Eli’s world. She is the one that will lead. He knows that. He has a son who’s gay, and he has a son who is weak, but he wants to keep them both close at hand because he needs them all. If one goes down, he needs to have them play off of each other. That’s why he keeps them close at hand.
The Son was originally supposed to be at least three seasons, but now it’s only two. Did you know enough ahead of time to make a satisfying finale?
Yes. I think there’s a great finale to this. I think it sits on the shelf as a wonderful bookended drama, and I don’t know how they could’ve carried on with a third season. I was very happy to walk away after two seasons.
You’ve talked about how you like this period in history, but in the beginning, westerns were morality tales. Do you think this fits into that mold since this isn’t as clear-cut as the old-time westerns where the good guy wears the white hat and the bad guy wears a black hat.
No, I think the book that Philipp Meyer rendered was so nuanced and captivatingly historically detailed, embroidered. It all starts from Philipp’s book, which I had read prior to doing the series, and it really gives you a deep insightfulness to the society of that time, and his detail to history is most impressive. So, it’s more than just a morality-tale western. It’s a historical drama.
What is it about this era that appeals to you?
I think it’s the endurance of man and womankind foraging their way on a landscape that is completely alien to them, and creating, from the earth up, a society that we now inhabit to this day. Living on the west coast, where I have for the last 35 years, I always felt like I was going to the Wild West. It is still somewhat the Wild West, and my own romantic notions of coming to America and making a career for myself ties into the history of this piece and what it takes: the stamina, the courage it takes to create a life in a new world.
One of the choices you made for Eli was to use a different voice for him. What went into your decision?
The job came to me out of left field with about four to five weeks before we started filming. So, my choices had to be very instinctual, passionate, and decisive. I listened to many different voices. I had two voice coaches, dialect coaches, and I listened to various men, politicians, country and western singers, farmers, and then set forth with a particular voice that, I’m not sure where it came from, but it just came to me really on the first day of shooting.
But it came with a lot of preparation over those five weeks and the constant listening to the stories of people from Texas. It was one particular senator that I listened to, Senator Ted Poe. I just liked his voice enormously, and then the very first day of shooting, I opened my mouth and started playing the role, and the voice had this kind of timbre to it that was different, and I just went with that.
It just felt very organic, and then, of course, I was surrounded by Texans on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s very hard to hear their accents when you’re in the thick of it, but I tried not to overthink it, really. It was definitely a challenge, but I used my own Irish dialect within it, and I played him somewhat as an Irishman playing a Texan. His forefathers before me I decided were Irish, and no one really knows what people sounded like back then. There’s no recordings. So, I set myself free with that knowledge, and the voice is what you get on the show.
Season 2 of The Son premieres Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Henry Garrett discusses The Son Season 2, why he's taking some time off and more [EXCLUSIVE] by Daniel Falconer | 29 April 2019
Following the chaotic and dramatic first season of AMC series The Son, audiences were left wondering exactly where the McCullough family could go after the shocking events of the Season 1 finale. With Pete turning on his family in an effort to bring some peace and prosperity to the wider future, it's possible that he's set off a chain of events that there's no coming back from.
"I guess what excites me about Season 2, and one of the great things about the writers of The Son, is that they've got a group of people who have been through so much together," says actor Henry Garrett, who plays Pete McCullough. "Now, the McCulloughs are forced to face the consequences of the deadly day that happened at the end of Season 1; they're forced to face that as a group and, are facing up to each other."
Despite Pete choosing what he thought was the path of "good" over his own flesh and blood, he became quite the fan-favourite character in the show's first 10 episodes.
"Hopefully, people see Pete as being the voice of reason," Garrett continues. "For me, it's quite nice to hear that people connect to that, as there's quite a lot of violence in the world and quite a lot of destruction that goes on, so it's quite nice that people can relate to someone who's trying to walk a peaceful path. I think that's quite reassuring."
He adds: "To be an idealist in a testing world, you're always gonna feel let down, or that things could be done in a different way. I think that's a huge challenge for Pete. However, you need idealists to create a better future. He believes that there can be a better future, and that's what he puts his energy into, and he tries to hold onto that, and I think you need people like that in order to progress as a society, and progress as a race."
Whilst we tackled with two timelines in the show's first season, this time round, a third will be added to the mix. Garrett says that this will allow audiences a "glimpse of the 'future'", including a look at what his character's daughter, Jeannie McCullough, as well as Pete's great grandson will be getting up to.
"I'm really excited about [the new timeline] because it's a fantastic storytelling tool," he explains, "to be able to jump between three different timelines where pieces of information are given to the audience in no order, so it creates a bit of a messy jigsaw, and for me that's an exciting place to be in, where you're piecing things together and then suddenly, you can notice clues from different parts from the three different timelines."
As for working with Pierce Brosnan on the show, who plays his character's own father, Eli McCullough, Garrett describes the experience as "a lot of fun."
"He's such a nice guy," he says. "Such a humble, grounded human and such a generous actor, always, and an exciting actor to work with as well, because he makes strong choices, he makes exciting choices, he delivers the line in the moment and you have to return it, and it lets you tune in and you want to be the best that you can be because, you don't want to let him down and you want to be live. So it was an incredible experience for me."
As for what the future holds, who knows? We know that this second season of The Son will be its last, but Garrett isn't worrying about the next job.
"I like to take a bit of time out so there are no projects at the moment that I'm working on," Garrett admits. "I'm not somebody who likes to be working all of the time because, for me as an actor, I try and bring real-life experience into it, and it's hard to get real-life experience when I'm on set all the time. So I like to do other things; be with friends and family who aren't connected to the industry, and to kind of pursue secret endeavours that aren't related to the TV or acting world, and hopefully it will give me knowledge and experience so that when I do have a job, I can bring it to that kind of place and create an authentic character."
'Son' lures Pierce Brosnan back to TV decades after 'Steele' By Karen Butler
April 27 (UPI) -- Pierce Brosnan says he was happy to return to the small screen in the period drama The Son decades after starring in the 1980s detective dramedy Remington Steele.
"TV is such a brilliant landscape of entertainment now," the 65-year-old Irish actor told UPI in a recent phone interview.
"The work is so nuanced and character-driven and you have the luxury of 10 episodes or eight or however many to indulge yourself and the audience in the life of a character."
A fan of Philipp Meyer's 2013 novel about three generations of a Texas cattle ranching family, Brosnan said he accepted the "rich, textured" role of patriarch Eli McCullough when friend Sam Neill backed out of it.
"I love that point of history and, being brought up on a staple of cowboys and Indians going to the cinema as a boy in Ireland, it was very much in my wheelhouse," Brosnan said.
The story is set primarily in the early 20th century, with flashbacks to the 1850s. Co-starring Henry Garrett, Zahn McLarnon, Jess Weixler, Paola Nunez and Sydney Lucas, Season 2 is to premiere on Saturday on AMC.
Young Eli was raised by the Comanche tribe who murdered his settler family. As an adult, he becomes a ruthless businessman, pressuring his sons to protect McCullough interests at all costs, even when it means swindling -- and eventually killing -- his wealthy Mexican neighbors following an oil discovery.
Set more than a century ago, the series features themes that might feel familiar to modern audiences.
"That is kind of the joy of the show -- the relevance of history, then compared to now, the power struggles, the oil, the greed and the manipulation of a culture or society by one man in the community," Brosnan said.
The real-life father of four sons connected to Eli as a parent and an immigrant.
"Being displaced in life a few times... I knew something of that mechanism of mankind to fit in, to be part of society. But that's where the similarities ended," said the actor, who emigrated from Ireland to England when he was 11, and then from England to the United States as an adult.
The Son wasn't Brosnan's first foray into screen westerns. He played a Union soldier hunted by a Confederate colonel through the American Southwest after the Civil War in the 2006 movie Seraphim Falls.
Although the stories are completely different, the actor noticed similarities in the men at the center of them.
"There is a certain residue and resonance of the man who is cleaved from the earth and connected to the earth with a horse," Brosnan said, noting both characters have a "kill or be killed" code, while trying to do the right thing within those parameters and, ultimately, falling short.
AMC recently announced that Season 2 of The Son will be its last.
"I think they felt that they had told the story," Brosnan said about the decision not to bring the series back for a third season. "That's as much as I know. I was quite happy to have done my two seasons and move on."
The actor took a break after he finished filming The Son in March 2018.
"Eli, I think, has always stayed with me. I love the hats," he laughed. "I have a collection of cowboy hats and I am growing a beard, at the moment, for this next job."
Brosnan began working with Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Josh Hamilton and Sophia Bush on the film False Positive in New York on Monday.
"It's extremely relevant within the genre of a horror movie to what goes on in our society with the world of fertility and fertility doctors. It's a character that I've never played before," Brosnan said, careful not to reveal too many details.
The erstwhile James Bond -- who has also appeared in beloved movies such Mamma Mia!, The Matador, Dante's Peak, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Thomas Crown Affair and Mrs. Doubtfire -- has no intention of retiring any time soon.
"I've been an actor all my life. I wished and wanted and desired to be one and, hopefully, to have employment and sit at the table as long as I can," said Brosnan whose credits include the TV miniseries Bag of Bones, Around the World in 80 Days and Noble House.
7 Questions With... The Son and James Bond legend Pierce Brosnan
The former James Bond actor talks exclusively to BT TV about doubts, fatherhood and secrets from the set of The Son season 2. Alex By Alex Fletcher Last updated: 26 April 2019 - 4.29pm
Pierce Brosnan's western drama The Son returns for its second season this month – exclusive to BT customers.
The AMC series, based on Philip Meyer’s critically-acclaimed 2013 book, is a multi-generational saga about the birth of America and the rise and fall of the McCullough's, a Texas ranching and oil family.
The second series will also continue to swing between the Comache’s in 1851 - the native American tribe of which the adopted Eli is now a respected warrior - and early 20th century Texas.
This time, Brosnan’s gun-slinging character Eli is fighting off a threatening business interest that could jeopardise the family and legacy he has fought so hard to maintain.
Viewers can also expect a deeper insight into the McCullough patriarch, following the several near-death experiences he encountered in the first season, seen in a series of tense shootouts in the final few episodes.
Season 2 will also welcome Broadway and film star Lois Smith, who recently starred in the Bafta-nominated Lady Bird, as an older Jeanne McCullough – the granddaughter of Brosnan’s Eli.
The new episodes will follow Jeanne in 1988, as the 85-year-old heir at the helm of the McCullough family oil empire that she herself helped to discover as a fearless and incisive young girl.
BT TV joined Brosnan during filming in Austin, Texas - on the set of American drama - where he revealed some clues about the new season, opened up about fatherhood and confessed how even a former James Bond can have doubts.
1. Eli experienced a near-death experience in season 1 - does that change his character in season 2?
I think Eli is always dealing with near-death experiences so he’s consistently in tune with that feeling that lurks dark in any man’s heart. This season, it goes even darker into the aspects of his life as father, as a man who is trying to hold this family together and think ahead into the future, so he deals with the malevolence of death and dying constantly.
2. Have you grown close to the character of Eli?
There’s a lot of miles under the belt in my own years as a man as an actor, as a father, I’ve dealt with various traumas in life, tragedies in life. Eli and I seem to have a kinship to each other - I’m very fond of the character and I enjoy playing him.
This is the second season, and we’re coming to the end of the second season and it has a certain emotionality for me as a father with four sons.
I identify strongly with Eli. I know what it’s like to be an outsider, I know what it’s like to be an immigrant, I know what it’s like to be a survivor.
3. What made you want to go back to TV after so many years?
I had been looking for four years prior…just because of the nature of the business now, you have to go where the work is and the best work is really in the landscape of TV. The networks, especially the cable networks like AMC and many others - they just develop such good material for actors. And the film world is tough. It’s always been tough but it’s tougher now. You go where the work is, always have done.
4. What are your favourite TV shows today?
I don’t particularly watch a lot of TV - House of Cards, Game of Thrones, I haven’t seen those in ages. I don’t watch TV that much. I read about it, I hear about it, but to actually sit down and give myself to any show is…I’d rather stand in my studio for 6 hours, look at a canvas and paint something rather than watch something.
5. Did your experience as Bond help with the gun scenes? Did you have any preparation for the show?
I knew how to ride, I know something about guns, the rest is all just pretending, just act like you know what you’re doing. There was a time where I used to live in Malibu in the mountains, where I used to ride all the time. And I had a few horses.
But coming to Eli, TV is fast, so you have to come really prepared, whether it’s riding a horse or playing the scenes, because it goes like a freight train. Luckily, within the storyline, we’ve moved into the automotive age and I’m driving a car.
Get a good hat, good horse, good-looking gun, grow a beard, you’re off to the races!
6. How did being a father inform you for this role?
Having sons is hard, having sons is very tricky. And very rewarding. There’s a lot there within Eli that I feel very close to - I love his violent nature, his passion, his heart and soul. Very Irish, in many respects. And I look to those roots of mine that are Irish, the people I have known and was brought up by…the spiritual side of his nature
7. Do you encounter doubts still in your career?
Oh yes - some days, it’s just terrifying, it’s just hard to do, because it’s like a freight train and TV devours and eats everything up. So you have to understand how to do that.
If you care about it and want to do it and want to be good and want to move forward, you’re going to bump into all of these frailties of your psyche…you have to go back to the nuts and bolts of your craft.
There are challenges every day - you can come to scenes which are quite elaborate and have many layers to it. You can be fine and then you come to one little scene which can be tight and small but transitional in its embroidery…every day is a challenge.
"And then there’s Pierce [Brosnan] — one thing that everyone needs to know is what a gentleman he is. I’ll never forget how he would wait for all the ladies to enter the room before he entered, every time we filmed something. He was always so sweet! He’s super loving and a role model. And, he doesn’t like chairs in lines where he’s in the front with his back to people. He likes chairs in circles where everyone can see and acknowledge everyone else. So zen and cool!"