After receiving a special sampling following the premiere of Underground on Bravo on April 6, Animal Kingdom will make its debut on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. with a 2-hour premiere. The series will continue to air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning June 21.
Debuting at the same time in the U.S. on TNT, the drama stars Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin (Happyish) as Janine “Smurf” Cody, the intense matriarch of a dangerous family living an indulgent and excessive lifestyle funded by violent crime. Canadian actor Scott Speedman (Felicity) stars alongside Barkin as one of her son’s, Baz, whom she adopted when he was a teenager.
Also rounding out the cast are Shawn Hatosy (Southland), Ben Robson (Vikings), Jake Weary (As the World Turns), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders), Daniella Alonso (As the World Turns) and Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers).
The series centers around 17-year-old J Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. In addition to Smurf (whom J was shielded from as a child) and Baz, the family includes J’s uncles Pope (Hatosy), who has just gotten out of prison, the recreational drug-using Craig (Robson) and troubled “baby” of the family Deran (Weary). J soon learns that his grandmother and uncles all make their money through carefully planned armed robberies and other criminal activities.
The series is inspired by the 2010 Australian film of the same name which was written and directed by David Michod and starred Jacki Weaver, Joel Egerton, James Frecheville and Guy Pearce. John Well (ER, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (Halt and Catch Fire) serve as executive producers of the series along with Etan Frankel (Shameless) and Christopher Chuclack (ER). Michod, along with Liz Watts also serve as executive producers.
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