“The Knick” is a new medical drama series with a different feel. It is set to premiere on Cinemax on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. Directed and produced by Steven Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs, the team behind the award-winning TV movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” the 10-part series will star Clive Owen (“Children of Men”). The show is written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Read further to learn more about “The Knick.”
Set in New York in the early 1900s, the story of “The Knick” puts its focus on the patients and the staff of doctors and nurses at the Knickerbocker Hospital. Dr. John W. Thackery (Owen), one of the surgeons working at the Knick, is described as someone who tests the boundaries of medicine, sometimes to the point of going beyond moral sensibilities. It should be noted that during this time, medical practice was still considered barbaric, and doctors like Thackery try to come up with groundbreaking ways to find solutions to their medical cases. Thackery is brilliant at his work, but he is also struggling with drug addiction.
The show features an ensemble cast that include Cara Seymour, André Holland, Chris Sullivan, Eve Hewson, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown, Juliet Rylance, Eric Johnson, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Grainger Hines, David Fierro and Matt Frewer.
According to Empire, Cinemax has given Soderbergh a lot of creative freedom for this series, who will be helming all of “The Knick’s” 10 episodes. The director has been away from doing movies for some time, choosing to concentrate on TV productions instead. Speaking exclusively with Esquire, Soderbergh said that he purposely quit doing movies because it stopped being fun.
“The ratio of bullshit to the fun part of doing the work was really starting to get out of whack,” said Soderbergh in the Esquire interview.
Aside from “The Knick,” Soderbergh is set to do more TV projects like the adaptation of “The Girlfriend Experience,” which will run on Starz, and “Red Oaks,” which is part of Amazon’s third pilot offering. Last season, Soderbergh’s attempt at doing TV earned him an Emmy for “Behind the Candelabra” for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Director.
“The Knicks” marks the return of Clive Owen to TV where he got his start, working on the British series “Chancer,” which aired in 1990.
And that’s the news on the upcoming show “The Knick,” which airs on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Follow more updates on this show and other TV news only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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