Erstwhile Remington Steele actor Pierce Brosnan will mark his return to television when AMC’s The Son premieres April 8 on the cable network, and air simultaneously on SundanceTV for its entire run. It’s Brosnan’s first major television gig since his starring role on the 1982 NBC spy adventure that made him a name and helped him land the role of James Bond.
“I’ve been looking for something like this for the last 4 or 5 years,” said Brosnan, who stars as Eli, the patriarch in the multi-generational epic tale of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. “The show came to me graciously and gloriously from left field,” he told critics during the show’s panel discussion at TCA.
On reflecting back his television experience of the early ’80s, Brosnan said that the new landscape of television is a “different beast,” with the writing being “fertile and robust” now. Part of the appeal to return was the shorter episodic format that networks like AMC allow. “I don’t have the wish or desire to do such brutal episodic TV like that,” he said about 22 episode series. The Son‘s “10 episodes [are] doable and manageable.”
He also wasn’t for the idea of reprising his old role for any possible Remington Steele reboots. “That would be another man’s job,” he said.
Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Son spans 150 years and three generations, tracing the story of Eli McCullough and his transformation from good-natured innocence to calculated violence, as he loses everything on the wild frontier on the path to building a ranch-and-oil dynasty.
“I’ve signed on for three seasons of this show,” said Brosnan. “There will come a time to bow out. I’ll leave it up to these good folks [show creators] to carry the banner.”