AMC has had some trouble finding worthy heirs to its dramas Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and while The Walking Dead continues to be the most-watched scripted series on television, many fans are growing tired of its redundancies and purposefully slow pacing and are starting to quit. What’s a formerly prestigious network to do? Commission a sprawling Western epic based on a New York Times bestselling novel? Seems reasonable!
The series is The Son (based on Philipp Meyer‘s book), and it’s a multi-generational story of a Texas tycoon, Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), who “breaks bad” after his difficult youth and becomes ruthless in his quest for power. It’s a little bit Dynasty, a little bit Giant, and a little bit of every one of AMC’s male anti-hero dramas of the past. Instead of being aggressively anti-Native American, though, The Son will at least also tell the story of young Eli who was raised by Comanches after his family was slaughtered. (Of note: his younger self will be played by Jacob Lofland, who was a stand-out in Mud). The saga will continue with the tale of Eli’s beloved granddaughter, who ends up being the powerful CEO of an oil company.
All of this sounds good, but none of it sounds particularly new from a narrative perspective. It remains to be seen if the series will find a way to make itself distinct in a TV landscape that has never been more crowded, especially since we’ve seen so many of these kinds of sprawling historical epics (of varying quality) from History and A&E in the past few years. But I proceed with cautious optimism, because I do love a good Western.
The series was co-created by showrunner Kevin Meyer (Defiance) along with Hemlock Grove‘s Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman. Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) is set to direct (which is a very fine choice). The cast also includes Henry Garrett (Beauty and the Beast), Paola Nunez (Amor en Custodia), Carlos Bardem (Assassin’s Creed), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Jess Weixler (The Good Wife), David Wilson Barnes (The Bourne Legacy), Sydney Lucas (Fun Home), James Parks (The Hateful Eight) and Elizabeth Frances (Love).
The Son will premiere in the spring of 2017; here’s the official synopsis, and you can check out more of the first images below:
The ten-episode, one-hour drama traces the transformation of Eli McCullough (Brosnan) from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. The series deftly explores how Eli’s ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that span generations, as the McCullough’s rise to become one the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.
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Do you think he will gets an Emmy and/or Golden Globe for The Son?
It would be nice, but not having seen the performance, only time will tell. I do think he tends to do better with roles that really give him time to develop his character in more than a 2 hour window. At least we'll have 10 episodes of The Son to see him "shine"
A different problem I see see is that AMC seems to only be viewable in the US. So I'm not sure how his international fan base will be able to enjoy the show. I've dvr'd original shows on AMC before, and they are copy protected, so they are not able to be transferred to electronic form (at least with the equipment I have in my home). Hopefully there will be some media outlet that will allow the show to be seen by a broader audience.
Post by formermi6agent on Dec 31, 2016 3:35:12 GMT -5
Pierce deserves a career revitalization. I'm just REALLY tired of seeing this man's talents being overlooked. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!! As a millennial and a 90s kid especially, I think he deserves an audience beyond his fanbase after Bond the way Sean Connery had after Bond in the 1980s. Plus, he deserves better than what Bond career had given him.
Pierce Brosnan Returns to TV After 30 Years on AMC's 'The Son': "It's a Different Beast"
It will be 30 years to the month since Remington Steele went off the air when Pierce Brosnan returns to TV as the star of AMC's western drama The Son, and the former James Bond star says his small screen come back was a long time coming.
"I've been looking for something like for the last four or five years," he told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "I really had a yen to go back to TV. I was watching all these great shows appear on the horizon year after year."
Long before he became a household name for films like Mrs. Doubtfire and his many turns as James Bond, Brosnan was first introduced to American audiences as one of the two stars of NBC's detective drama and romantic comedy that launched in 1982. The show ran for five seasons and 94 episodes before airing its series finale in April 1987.
Brosnan was the first to acknowledge how much things have changed since then. "The writing is so fertile and robust now for writers, and directors and actors. It’s a different landscape than when I joined back in the early '80s," he said. "It's a different beast."
Although Brosnan had been looking for a TV vehicle for several years, he admits The Son "came out of left field." Brosnan was offered the lead role of Eli McCullough, the patriarch of a three-generation family as he transforms from innocent to calculating killer, after Sam Neill abruptly exited the series.
"I was very happy to jump in," he said. "This found me at a good time in my life, at the right age."
Despite his clear affection for the medium, don't expect Brosnan to return to broadcast television and the 22-episode grind anytime soon. "No, I couldn’t do that. I don't really have the heart or the wish the desire to do such brutal episodic TV like that," he said. "[These] 10 episodes is very manageable and doable."
Brosnan was equally doubtful about his potential involvement in any possible Remington Steele reboot or revival. (NBC most recently circle a potential half-hour sequel series back in 2013.)
"That would be another man's job," he said. "I'm now into my kind of grey beard acting. I'm looking further down the road, God willing, to playing these sort of roles."
Looking down the road, Brosnan acknowledged his seemingly limited tenure on The Son. The best-selling book on which the series is based spans 150 years as Eli's ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that spans generations as the McCullough family rises to become one of the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.
"I signed on for three seasons of this show so I don't know, we shall see where the wind takes us. There will come a time to bow out. You can only go on so far," he said. "I leave it up to these good folks to carry the banner."
The Son premieres Saturday, April 8 at 10 p.m. on AMC and SundanceTV.
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