The Alienist Sequel Series Angel of Darkness Finds Showrunner

A kidnapped infant brings the Alienist crew back together for the limited series Angel of Darkness on TNT.

The limited psychological crime series The Alienist cast an unflinching eye into the brutal murders of young boys in late 19th century New York City, pulling in six Emmy nominations including Outstanding Limited Series. TNT is tossing off the statutes of limitations to order The Angel of Darkness, a limited sequel series.

Based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel, The Alienist, TNT’s series starred Daniel Brühl as turn-of-the-century criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Luke Evans newspaper illustrator John Moore, and Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard, New York’s Finest’s first female employee. They are all coming back for Angel of Darkness.

Angel of Darkness News

Frank Pugliese has been announced as showrunner for The Angel of Darkness. He will come into the series with television experience from tenures on Netflix’s House of Cards and Borgia, as well as BBC America’s Copper and an episode of NBC’s Law & Order. Pugliese’s first TV credit, a 1993 episode of NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, earned him a Writers Guild award.

As Pugliese expresses in a statement:

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“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought The Alienist to life.” Adding, “Myself and the writers coming on board for The Angel of Darkness are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.”

As TNT executive VP of original programming, Sarah Aubrey, lauds:

“Following the tremendous success of The Alienist, we are excited to welcome an immensely talented and accomplished showrunner who could not only do justice to Caleb Carr’s popular sequel, but also add a unique point of view. With Frank, we have found a three-time Emmy Award nominee whose unique skills will surely catapult The Angel of Darkness to the same heights of success as its predecessor.”

Angel of Darkness Details

The Alienist was the #1 new cable series among adults 18-49. “We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life,” Sarah Aubrey, TNT executive vice president of original programming, said in a statement.

“Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.”

In the first book, and season, the group was assembled by then-New York police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the murders. Angel of Darkness, which Carr wrote in 1997, is set a year after the first book. Howard has become a private detective who needs Dr. Kreizler’s help finding the kidnapped infant daughter of a dignitary visiting from Spanish.

The Angel of Darkness is expected to premiere in 2019.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.

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Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.