With the TCA’s in full swing, many networks – particularly in the cable realm – are making some major announcements to help kick off the 2015 television year, and AMC just dropped a good one in the form of The Night Manager.
According to the official press release:
A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s espionage drama, ‘The Night Manager’ will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
Based on that plot description, we can’t help but be intrigued – of course, it’s hard not to be when two of the best British actors working are going to be pitted against each other on screen.
AMC is very much aware of the power any connection to BBC holds (they recently purchased a majority stake in BBC America). Thus, it’s no surprise the network worked as hard as it could to get its hands on one of the hottest series to be coming out of the region this year, not to mention that it should serve as a nice addition to a schedule that already includes the likes of Turn (a Revolutionary War set espionage drama).
At the moment, AMC is slated this year to debut the final season of Mad Men and the first season of Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel Better Call Saul. Given that, it’s surprising the network found time for a foreign acquisition of any kind. However, we’re glad that they did because this seems like a series we most certainly will turn in for.
What do you think? Will you be watching The Night Manager when it airs?
The Night Manager is slated to debut sometime in 2015 on AMC.
Source: TV By The Numbers