TV: The Alienist; Nancy Drew

A release date and new trailer have been unveiled for TNT's series The Alienist, based on the novel by Caleb Carr, Deadline reported. The project, which stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning, will premiere at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 22.


NBC has put in development Nancy Drew, a series inspired by the famous children's books, from Doubt creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, producer Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios. Deadline reported that "this is the same creative team that was behind the 2016 CBS pilot of the same name. But beyond the title and the underlying source material, there is very little in common between the projects as NBC's is based on a brand-new idea by Phelan and Rater."

"We did a pilot and we tried to forget about it but we couldn't; we loved the characters so much," Rater said. "But we knew that we had to come up with a different way to go about it."

The alternative version "was to envision Nancy, who wrote the books based on her childhood explorations with her two childhood girlfriends but took some liberties, always casting herself as the heroine, relegating the characters based on her friends as the sidekicks," Deadline noted.

"She found fame but in the process lost her best friends," Phelan said. The new series is about Nancy getting back together with them years later, when, as Rater explains, their age is what "we think is their superpower; no one notices them when they walk in. It's a way for them to fly under the radar. They talk about how they feel unseen."

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