TNT’s television adaptation of Caleb Carr’s quasi-historical 1994 crime novel The Alienist represents an intriguing peak television offering. Showcasing its two high-profile primary stars in Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans, the upcoming historically-themed crime series has released its debut trailer, showing the duo in 1896 New York, each bringing distinctive skill sets to solve a sting of murders.
While the existence of The Alienist television adaptation first manifested in 2015 with news that True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga was tapped as director, he has since exited the project. However, stepping into that spot is Jakob Verbruggen, whose small screen episodic work was seen on the most recent season of celebrated anthology series Black Mirror along with entries for House of Cards, London Spy, The Bridge and The Fall.
The Alienist Episode 9 Trailer
The next episode of The Alienist is titled “Requiem” and airs March 19 on TNT at 9:00 ET. Watch the promo below:
The Alienist Episode Guide
Here are the episode titles and reviews for The Alienist. Click the links to read our our thoughts on the episodes that have already aired.
air date: January 22, 2018
air date: January 29, 2018
air date: February 5, 2018
air date: February 15, 2018
air date: February 19, 2018
air date: February 26, 2018
Daniel Bruhl comes off his role as Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, German drama Alone in Berlin and will appear in 2017 sci-fi film The God Particle. His co-star in former dragon slayer of The Hobbit Trilogy Luke Evans also has a full plate of projects, coming off the uber-lucrative Furious 7 and The Girl on the Train. He recently appeared as legendary Disney douche Gaston in the live-action Beauty and the Beast and will play Wonder Woman creator William Marston in the provocative historical biopic Professor Marston & the Wonder Women. Former child prodigy Dakota Fanning comes off Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral and will be seen in 2018 films in franchise all-female update Ocean’s Eight and a film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s classic novel The Bell Jar, written and directed by Kirsten Dunst.
While The Alienist initially hired Sean Astin to play Theodore Roosevelt, it appears that the former The Lord of the Rings co-star and adolescent leader of The Goonies has exited the series due to, as a statement explains, “scheduling difficulties.” However, it was later announced that Brian Geraghty will play the rugged individualist former Rough Rider and eventual U.S. president. Geraghty just finished a run on NBC crime drama Chicago P.D. in 2016 in a role he played in shared-universe shows Chicago Fire and Chicago Med, having previously fielded runs on Ray Donovan and Boardwalk Empire and notably appeared in director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscars-dominating 2008 film The Hurt Locker.
The Alienist Premiere Date
TNT has finally announced the release date for The Alienist. The NYC-set Victorian-era crime drama is set to debut on TNT on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9 p.m.
The Alienist Trailer
With the release date announcement, TNT also releases a new trailer for The Alienist, complementing the one we got back in May. This clip delves further into the modus operandi of Daniel Bruhl’s Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, whose profession of an “alienist” has him attempting to synthesize concepts of forensics and psychology into a revolutionary (for the 1896,) approach to criminal profiling that sees psychotic killers as “alienated” from their true natures. It contrasts with a montage of the seedy vice-strewn underbelly of a Tammany Hall-run New York City that almost permeates the stench of soot and urine. However, it all serves as the impetus for the show’s fateful collaboration of Kreizler, with Luke Evans’s New York Times reporter John Moore and Dakota Fanning’s would-be police detective Sara Howard.
As The Alienist trailer shows, the inciting incident of the series will be an escalating murder spree aimed at boy prostitutes, necessitating then-NYPD commissioner Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt (Brian Gerghty) to hire unconventional help in Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Bruhl), a criminal psychologist whose special focus on mental pathologies classifies him as an “alienist.” Kreizler teams with a New York Times reporter named John Moore (Evans), peeling back dark layers of clues leading to the elusive killer. Amidst their oil-and-water partnership, the Alienist and the Reporter will utilize nascent forensic techniques, charting new territory in criminal investigation. During the investigation, the duo find themselves in the orbit of Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a police secretary with ambitions to one day become the NYPD’s first female detective.