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The Angel of Darkness
Genre Period drama
Crime drama
Created by Caleb Carr (novel)
Cary Fukunaga
Frank Pugliese (showrunner )
Written by TBA
Directed by TBA
Starring See Cast & Characters
Original Language(s) English
Producer(s) Production & Crew
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Studio T
Anonymous Content
Parliament of Owls
Original network(s) TNT
Netflix (worldwide rights)
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The Angel of Darkness is a TNT original drama series based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr.

It is a sequel to ‘The Alienist’ and part of TNT's Suspense Collection.

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LOS ANGELES, AUGUST 16, 2018 – TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to best-selling author Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. A huge critical ratingings success, The Alienist is 2018’s #1 new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy® Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. The Alienist’s lead cast including Daniel Brühl ("Rush"), Luke Evans ("The Girl on the Train") and Dakota Fanning ("American Pastoral") will return for The Angel of Darkness in an all-new storyline.

An unflinching, gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist followed Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. [4]

We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.

“The Angel of Darkness” is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner's Studio T with Eric Roth, Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin and Cary Joji Fukunaga serving as executive producers.

“The Angel of Darkness” is being billed by TNT as a sequel, and not as a second season of “The Alienist.” The decision to greenlight a so-called sequel to “The Alienist” featuring the same characters as the original, portrayed by the same actors, serves as an effective renewal of the show, however, and may raise questions about the original’s status as an awards contender. “The Alienist” is currently nominated for two Primetime Emmys — for best limited series and best cinematography in a limited series or movie. Voting for the Primetime Emmys is currently open and closes August 27, 2018. [1]

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On September 26, 2018, TNT announced that former “House of Cards” co-showrunner Frank Pugliese will serve as showrunner on “The Angel of Darkness”. Pugliese most recently served as executive producer and co-showrunner on “House of Cards” from 2015-17, for which he earned three Emmy nominations. His other TV credits include “Night of the Living Dead,” “Homicide” and “Law and Order.” [5]

“Following the tremendous success of ‘The Alienist’, we are excited to welcome an immensely talented and accomplished showrunner who could not only do justice to Caleb Carr’s popular sequel but also add a unique point of view,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “With Frank, we have found a three-time Emmy® Award nominee whose unique skills will surely catapult The Angel of Darkness to the same heights of success as its predecessor.”[5]

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought ‘The Alienist’to life,” said Pugliese. “Myself and the writers coming on board for “The Angel of Darkness” are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.” [5]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel of Darkness’ Ordered by TNT
  2. Douglas Smith hinting at his return for the follow-up on Instagram (@douglasthesmithest)
  3. Isaacsons brothers heading back to help solve another case — Douglas Smith on Instagram (@douglasthesmithest)
  4. Turner Pressroom — TNT Orders The Angel of Darkness Limited Series, Paramount Television and Turner's Studio T to Co-Produce The Sequel to Caleb Carr’s The Alienist
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ Sequel Enlists ‘House of Cards’ Alum as Showrunner — The Wrap