Taking early retirement from the world of feature films, Steven Soderbergh has returned to the small screen for the first time in over a decade to bring us The Knick, the ten-part drama led by Oscar nominee Clive Owen.
Premiering this summer on HBO’s Cinemax, the first season is directed in its entirety by Soderbergh, and this latest trailer promises as pulsating and powerful a drama as anything currently on TV.
Set in downtown New York in 1900, ‘The Knick’ is a new Cinemax drama series from Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. It is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Soderbergh directs all 10 episodes of the series’ first season.
Academy Award and Emmy nominee Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite nursing a severe addiction to cocaine. He leads a team of doctors including his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger; the young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr.; and Algernon Edwards, a promising surgeon who’s been recently thrust upon him. The lively cast of characters at the hospital also includes Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of its benefactor; surly ambulance driver Tom Cleary; Lucy Elkins, a fresh-faced nurse from the country; the crooked manager Herman Barrow; and Sister Harriet, a nun with who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
Owen is joined by Eric Johnson, Michael Angarano, Andre Holland, Juliet Rylance, Chris Sullivan, Eve Hewson, Jeremy Bobb, and Cara Seymour.
Co-writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen, Big Miracle) earn their first credits as creators of a TV series, with the two also serving as executive producers alongside Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs (Contagion), with Michael Polaire (Behind the Candelabra) producing.
The Knick is set to premiere on Cinemax on August 8th at 10pm/9c, and is set to air on Sky Atlantic here in the UK sometime in the autumn/fall.