Sky Atlantic has always branded itself as the UK’s home for American drama. It has acquired a slate of shows from US networks like HBO (who produce Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones) and AMC (who brought to life Mad Men). That promise will continue with two new shows that will air later in 2014. The first is The Leftovers, and the other is The Knick.
The Leftovers will premiere in the US at the end of this month and will reach UK shores in the autumn. It’s a science fiction drama from the creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof, that is set three years after millions of the world’s population disappeared without explanation. The cast will include the Mulholland Drive star Justin Theroux and former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston.
The Knick is the next TV project from director Stephen Soderbergh. He was the movie director behind projects like Erin Brockovich, Oceans Eleven and Magic Mike. He announced his retirement from cinema after the mystery film Side Effects. He has since focused on producing TV, seeing huge success with the HBO movie Behind The Candelabra.
This show tells the 10-part story about the staff and surgeons at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital who made great medical strides in the early 1900s. The show will be broadcast on Cinemax in the USA and stars the Children Of Men actor Clive Owen alongside Andre Holland, Eve Hewson and more. This will also air on Sky Atlantic in the autumn.
Sky Atlantic have also just renewed their current series Penny Dreadful for a second season. The horror drama from the Skyfall team — director Sam Mendes and screen writer John Logan — stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton. The second season will be extended to ten episodes long and is expected to premiere sometime in 2015.