TNT Moves Forward on ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘Good Behavior’

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Animal Kingdom Cast

The cast of TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom.’

Good Behavior starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and Animal Kingdom (inspired by the film of the same name) have been given 10 episode season one orders by TNT and will premiere in 2016. Good Behavior is based on the Letty Dobesh novels and has Wayward Pines‘ Chad Hodge attached as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, and Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch also on board as executive producer. Charlotte Sieling directed the pilot and Becky Clements and Marty Adelstein are also executive producing. John Wells (ER) and Jonathan Lisco (Halt and Catch Fire) executive produce Animal Kingdom.


Both shows will go into production in early 2016.

Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom are muscular, distinct dramas that will define the new direction of TNT,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president 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.”

Good Behavior Details:

Good Behavior tells the story of Letty Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, or one bad decision from implosion – which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty tries to stay afloat; reunite with her 10-year-old son, who is currently being raised by her mother Estelle (Lusia Strus); and regularly see her substance-abuse counselor, Christian (Terry Kinney), whose motives for helping her are questionable. Chaos returns to Letty’s life when she overhears a hitman (Juan Diego Botto) being hired to kill a man’s wife, and sets out to derail the job. She soon finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling both of them in a dangerously captivating relationship.

Animal Kingdom Details:

Animal Kingdom is a bold drama starring Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Daniella Alonso, and Molly Gordon.

The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious “baby” of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J’s steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), Baz’s de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena.

It isn’t long before Josh is pulled into the family’s life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.

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