Animal Kingdom Press Kit One-Sheet

Animal Kingdom

Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman and Shawn Hatosy Star in
TNT's Adrenaline-Fueled Drama Animal Kingdom

John Wells and Jonathan Lisco Executive-Producing
New Drama Series from Warner Horizon Television

Animal Kingdom Premieres with Back-to-Back Episodes Tuesday, June 14, at 9/8c

TNT 's Animal Kingdom is a bold new drama starring Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, This Boy's Life, Ocean's Thirteen), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow),Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless), Ben Robson (Vikings, Dracula: The Dark Prince),Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars, It Follows), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, An Inspector Calls), Daniella Alonso (Revolution) and Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, Ithaca).

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. Heading up the family is J's estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin), whom he's been shielded from for years. She is orbited by Baz (Speedman), her relatively level-headed right-hand man whom she adopted when he was a teenager; Smurf's eldest son, the quietly menacing, mentally disturbed Pope (Hatosy), who has just gotten out of prison; her tough, hyperactive, recreational drug-using middle son, Craig (Robson); and the troubled and suspicious Deran (Weary), the "baby" of the family. Also prominent are Nicky Belmont (Gordon), J's steady girlfriend, and Catherine Ortiz (Alonso), Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, Lena.

J will soon learn that they all make their livings through carefully planned armed robberies and other criminal activities, and that Smurf is an intense, beguiling and complicated matriarch who rules over "her boys" with a borderline incestuous love. It turns out that joining Smurf's family comes with more danger and excitement than J might be ready to handle.

Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy® winnerJohn Wells (TNT's Southland, ER, The West Wing, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (TNT'sSouthland, Halt and Catch Fire, Damages, NYPD Blue) serving as executive producers of the series, along with Etan Frankel (Shameless, Southland) and Christopher Chulack (ER, Shameless, Southland ). Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn (TNT's Southland, Shameless) also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film written & directed by David Michôd and produced by Liz Watts, who also serve as executive producers on the series.

About TNT

TNT is one of cable's top-rated networks. Seen across multiple platforms in 94 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series asThe Last Ship,The Librarians,Major Crimes, Murder in the First,Rizzoli & Isles and the upcoming Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and The Alienist, along with a new horror block featuring Tales from the Crypt. TNT is also the cable home to popular dramas like Castle,Bones, Supernatural andGrimm; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the Live Nation Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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