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‘The Alienist’ Episode 1: The Horror News Network Review

It ain’t easy getting into the premier cable television series racket… the competition is maddening! There are currently more networks than ever looking to assemble an A-List cast and cobble together some feature film-quality cinematography to get a taste of those sweet, sweet ratings and awards season buzz. After decades of airing reruns of ER and Hondo, TNT is looking to enter the game with The Alienist, a period crime drama based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. Frankly, they couldn’t have picked a stronger source text for such an undertaking, and they’ve spared no expense with the talent and production values of the show. The pilot episode, entitled “The Boy on the Bridge” reveals a series which- on the surface- looks like it might hold up next to the offerings of TNT’s more experienced competitors, while simultaneously displaying some warning signs about its long-term performance. read more