TNT has given series orders to two dramas toplined by well known actresses, Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery in her follow-up to Downton Abbey, and John Wells’ Animal Kingdom, whose cast is led by Ellen Barkin. Both have received 10-episode orders for a 2016 premiere. The fate of TNT’s third drama pilot, Home, is TBD.
Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch, thriller Good Behavior was written by Crouch and Chad Hodge. It tells the story of Letty Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat. But when she overhears a hitman (Juan Diego Botto) being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, setting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship. Terry Kinney (Oz) and Lusia Strus (Wayward Pines) co-star.
Good Behavior is executive produced by Hodge, who serves as showrunner, Crouch and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. The pilot was directed by Charlotte Sieling. Hodge’s commitment to Good Behavior led to his departure from Wayward Pines, which he developed and executive produced. The genre drama was just picked up for a second season by Fox.
Animal Kingdom, inspired by the 2010 Australian feature, stars Barkin as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman as her second in command. Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Daniella Alonso and Molly Gordon co-starin the project, which was originally developed at Showtime.
Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with John Wells and Jonathan Lisco executive producing the series along with the original feature’s Liz Watts and David Michôd. Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Former JWP president Andrew Stearn also executive produced the pilot.
Animal Kingdom reunites TNT with Wells and Lisco, who previously collaborated on the network’s Peabody Award-winning drama Southland.
“Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom are muscular, distinct dramas that will define the new direction of TNT,” said Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming for TNT. “We believe audiences will love watching Michelle Dockery trade in her manners for the life of a sexy, complex ex-con in Good Behavior and Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman command an unruly family of criminals and adrenaline junkies in Animal Kingdom.”