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I Am the Night
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Genre Period drama
Crime drama
Created by Sam Sheridan
Written by Sam Sheridan
Fauna Hodel (based on the autobiography of)
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Victoria Mahoney
Carl Franklin
Starring See Cast & Characters
Original Language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Production & Crew
Production company(s) Turner's Studio T
Anonymous Content
Sugar23’s Michael Sugar
Release
Original network(s) TNT
Netflix (worldwide rights)
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I Am the Night is a TNT original drama series and the second instalment of the Suspense Collection. It is based on the biography by Fauna Hodel.

The limited series premiered January 28th, 2019 on TNT.

Synopsis Edit

Inspired by true events, I Am the Night tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl given away at birth, growing up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna had always lived with her contradictions and her mysterious origins, until she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets Jay Singletary (Chris Pine), a ruined reporter haunted by the case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime. [1]

Cast and Characters Edit

StarringEdit

Episodes Edit

No. Image Title Writer Director Airdate
1 IATN-Promo-Stills-09-Fauna "Pilot" Sam Sheridan Patty Jenkins January 28, 2019
Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a naïve young girl growing up outside of Reno, Nevada, embarks on a desperate quest to discover who she is. In Los Angeles, Jay Singletary (Chris Pine), a former Marine turned hack reporter covers a gruesome murder. [2]
2 IATN-Promo-Stills-05-Jay Singletary "Phenomenon of Interference" Sam Sheridan Patty Jenkins February 4, 2019
Newly arrived in Los Angeles, Fauna attempts to track down her family, including her mysterious grandfather, George Hodel (Jefferson Mays). Jay continues his pursuit of the Bloody Romeo, but he can't let go of the story that ruined his career years ago - a story that involved George Hodel. [2]
3 IATN-Promo-Stills-13-Fauna-Jay "Dark Flower" Sam Sheridan Victoria Mahoney February 11, 2019
A visit from Billis (Yul Vazquez) and the LAPD leaves Jay (Chris Pine) wondering how close he's getting to the truth. Fauna (India Eisley) must reconcile Corinna's (Connie Nielsen) revelations with the suspicion that Corinna is hiding Fauna's mother, Tamar. [2]
4 IATN-Promo-Stills-E04-Fauna-Jay-min "Matador" Sam Sheridan Victoria Mahoney February 18, 2019
A phone call in the middle of the night from Corinna (Connie Nielsen) has Jay (Chris Pine) believing that there are cracks appearing in the Hodel case. And he's getting an itch that the Bloody Romeo case may have something to do with the famed Black Dahlia murders. Fauna (India Eisley) feels closer than ever to finding her mother Tamar, and wonders if an invitation to a "Happening" might be an opportunity for more information. [2]
5 IATN-Promo-Stills-E05-Fauna-Jay "Aloha" Sam Sheridan Carl Franklin February 25, 2019
Jay (Chris Pine) and Fauna (India Eisley) search for a way to make it to Hawaii: Fauna to find her mother, Tamar Hodel (Jamie Anne Allman), and the truth about why she was put up for adoption, and Jay to see if Tamar holds the answers to the Hodel case that destroyed his career. [2]
6 IATN-Promo-Stills-E06-Fauna-Dinner "Queen’s Gambit, Accepted" Sam Sheridan Carl Franklin March 4, 2019
When Fauna (India Eisley) hears what happened to Jimmy Lee (Golden Brooks), she frantically searches for a way home. As Watts explodes around her into chaotic riots, Fauna’s way out harbors a nightmarish trap. Jay (Chris Pine) stews in a cell that overflows with rioters, his options diminishing as the hours pass, until he hatches a desperate plan. [2]

Production Edit

DevelopmentEdit

Turner's TNT has greenlit straight to series the new drama I Am the Night (formerly titled One Day She'll Darken). Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek) executive produces and stars as Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack-reporter/paparazzo. The talented roster joining Pine includes India Eisley (Underworld Awakening, Look Away) as Fauna Hodel, Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays (The Americans, Law & Order: SVU) as George Hodel, Leland Orser (Berlin Station) as Peter Sullivan, Yul Vazquez (Last Flag Flying) as Billis, Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Lemonade) as Sepp, Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) as Jimmy Lee, Justin Cornwell (Training Day, We Are Boats) as Terrence Shye, Jay Paulson (Mad Men) as Ohls and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) as Corinna Hodel.

"Patty Jenkins is a phenomenally talented director who has always delivered powerful characters, from the unforgettable true-life serial killer in Monster to the game-changing superhero warrior in Wonder Woman," said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. "I Am the Night is a mind-boggling true mystery with unpredictable twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat chills. Sam Sheridan, an expert storyteller, has delivered scripts that entertain, frighten and tell tales of redemption and a powerful search for identity. Chris Pine has wowed us with so many of his performances, and knowing how multi-dimensional his character is in I Am the Night, we are so lucky to have an actor as talented as he is to lead this cast."

Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Monster) directed the first two episodes. Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter's Heart and The Disaster Diaries, wrote five of the six episodes, inspired by the life of Fauna Hodel. The series is produced by Turner's Studio T, with Jenkins, Anonymous Content and Sugar23’s Michael Sugar (13 Reasons Why, Spotlight), Pine, Sheridan and Carl Franklin, (House of Cards, Homeland) serving as executive producers, with Franklin also directing two episodes. [3]

Casting Edit

Turner's TNT has set additional principal cast to the new six-episode drama series I Am the Night. Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek) executive produces and stars as Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack-reporter/paparazzo. The talented roster joining Pine includes India Eisley (Underworld Awakening, Look Away) as Fauna Hodel, Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays (The Americans, Law & Order: SVU) as George Hodel, Yul Vazquez (Last Flag Flying) as Billis, Justin Cornwell (Training Day, We Are Boats) as Terrence Shye, Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Lemonade) as Sepp, Jay Paulson (Mad Men) as Ohls and Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) as Jimmy Lee. Previously announced star Leland Orser (Berlin Station) will appear as Peter Sullivan, a Night Managing Editor for the Los Angeles Times.

Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Monster) is attached to direct the first two episodes. Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter's Heart and The Disaster Diaries, is set to write the series, inspired by the life of Fauna Hodel. The series is being produced by Turner's Studio T, with Jenkins, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar (13 Reasons Why, Spotlight), Pine and Sheridan serving as executive producers. Production begins next month in Los Angeles. [4]

Companion PodcastEdit

Main article: Root of Evil

On December 17, 2018, it was revealed that the true events that inspired TNT drama I Am the Night will be turned into a companion podcast. The cable network is partnering with Cadence13 to release eight-part podcast, titled Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia that will feature interviews with the real people impacted by the Black Dahlia murder. Root of Evil debuts February 13, 2019, on Apple Podcasts and other podcasting platforms. [5]

MultimediaEdit

Promotional ImagesEdit

Photo by Clay Enos and Barry J. Holmes. [Courtesy of TNT.]


Photo by Clay Enos and Barry J. Holmes. [Courtesy of TNT.]

Promotional VideosEdit

Promotional Taglines Edit

  • "Inspired by a true story."
  • "They are diving into LA's darkest mystery." [6]
  • "There are cases that are broken, and the cases that break you." [7]
  • "She's been lied to her whole life." [8]
  • "His truth will haunt you." [9]
  • "This story may break him." [10]
  • "Her past will change his future." [11]
  • "Some stories will eat you alive."[12]
  • "Evil can be hiding in plain sight." [13]
  • "Her life has been a lie. Discover the truth they've been hiding. [14]
  • "She's been hiding in plain sight. Inspired by a true story." [15]
  • " He's at his breaking point."[16]
  • "Some stories don't want to be told."[17]

Notes Edit

  • A preview screening of the first episode was shown on November 9, 2018 at the AFI Film Festival.
  • On January 8th, 2019, TNT announced that is teaming up with the hit podcast My Favorite Murder to bring an exclusive live episode hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. [18]
    • The live episode took place on the anniversary of the Black Dahlia’s death, on January 15th, 2019 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, before an exclusive screening of the first episode. Star Jefferson Mays also attended. [18]
  • A Red Carpet Premiere took place at Harmony Gold on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

References Edit

  1. Suspense Collection: ‘I Am the Night’ Synopsis
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 I Am the Night Episodes Synopses — Pilot
  3. Turner's TNT Pressroom — TNT greenlights "I Am the Night"
  4. Turner's TNT Pressroom — TNT Confirms Additional Cast of I Am the Night With India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Yul Vazquez, Justin Cornwell, Dylan Smith, Jay Paulson and Golden Brooks
  5. Hollywood Reporter, TNT to Launch 'I Am the Night' Companion Podcast
  6. Teaser 1 — Darkest Mystery
  7. Teaser 2 — Broken cases
  8. Teaser 3 — Lies
  9. Teaser 4 — Haunting Truth
  10. Teaser 5 — Braking him
  11. Teaser 6 — Her Past
  12. Teaser 7 — Eat Alive
  13. Teaser 8 — In Plain Sight
  14. Teaser 9 — Discover the truth
  15. Teaser 10 — Hiding in Plain Sight
  16. Teaser 11 — Breaking Point
  17. Teaser 12 — Don't Want to Be Told
  18. 18.0 18.1 TNT's I Am the Night Presents My Favorite Murder Live on January 15 at El Rey Theater.