Dakota Fanning Joins TNT’s ‘Alienist,’ ‘Good Behavior’ Renewed for Season 2

Dakota Fanning Joins TNT's 'Alienist,' 'Good
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Dakota Fanning has signed on to co-star in TNT’s highly anticipated adaptation of “The Alienist.” The cabler has also renewed its Michelle Dockery drama, “Good Behavior,” for a second season.

“Alienist,” from Paramount TV and Turner’s Studio T, revolves around the search for a serial killer in turn of the century New York City. Fanning plays Sara Howard, a secretary for police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt who is determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans co-star.

The series, scheduled to bow late this year, is based on Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel of the same name. Production is slated to begin soon in Budapest.

“Alienist” is TNT’s biggest drama swing for the coming year. “Good Behavior” was among the first wave of dramas meant to redefine the TNT programming brand from big-tent procedurals to edgier concepts and characters. “Downton Abbey” alum Dockery plays a crack-smoking con woman recently released from jail who becomes wrapped up with a hitman as he travels the country on business.


Good Behavior TNT

TV Review: ‘Good Behavior’

“Fueled by unsinkable characters on a dangerous search for belonging, love and family, ‘Good Behavior’ is addictive television,” said Sarah Aubrey, exec VP of original programming for TNT. “Millions of viewers have fallen hard for this sexy, complicated couple, and in season two, Letty and Javier will give us plenty more to obsess about.”

According to TNT, “Good Behavior” has averaged 4.4 million viewers across linear and digital platforms, and has shown steady growth since its Nov. 15 debut. The second season will premiere in the fall. “Good Behavior” is based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch, who exec produces with showrunner Chad Hodge for Tomorrow Studios. Tomorrow’s Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements also exec produce.

(Pictured: Dakota Fanning)

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  1. loco73 says:

    I’ve wanted to see a miniseries or series based on “The Alienist” for many years, as it is one of my favourite novels. But this is not encouraging, especially when the project will go ahead on TNT, which is the place least suited for the content of this kind and quality. Some of the cast, like Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans I can see in their respective roles, but Dakota Fanning …yeah…not really. Also the production has been plagued by problems in terms of location, first the original production was supposed to take place in New York, where originally the novel is set. Then it moved to Canada (not sure which city) and now to Hungary in Budapest. The author of the novel himself voiced some displeasure in terms of the really large scale changes that the producers wanted to bring to the show, changes which would have affected the main characters and not in a good way. Then there was also a back and forth battle with Cary Joji Fukunaga,(“True Detective” S.1, “Beasts Of No Nation”) who was supposed to direct several episodes, in terms of budget, creative control etc. All that cost TNT, because Fukunaga ended up being unable to direct, due to his schedule and other commitments, but he remains on board as both a writer and executive producer. I hope this turns out well, because I would love to see something that works, because the novel is soo good…with some really unforgettable moments!

  2. James Wooten says:

    I am Very surprised that is coming back for another Year, I personally couldn’t get through the first episode. I found known one to like or to care for in the show, so I won’t watch it.

  3. So happy to know that we will get a chance of seeing more of Letty and Javier’s story! I love this show and have been more than impressed by the depth of Ms. Dockerys’ capabilities as an actress.

  4. Patrick Dunwhitty says:

    With Dockery’s character, it isn’t crack, it’s meth. It hasn’t been crack since the freaking nineties. Christ, do you guys even know the shows you report on or what? This is just sloppy amateur hour shit.

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