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First Trailer For Thandie Newton's Gritty Undercover Cop Drama Series 'Rogue' + Premiere Date

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 4, 2013 10:55 AM
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Thandie Newton in 'Rogue'
DirecTV Thandie Newton in 'Rogue'

Here's your first look at the upcoming Thandie Newton/DirecTV cop drama series titled Rogue, in which Newton will star as an undercover cop, who, in a personal vendetta, comes face to face with a high-profile gangster, after her son is killed in a drive-by shooting.

As the trailer states, the series will debut on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

An official synopsis reads:

ROGUE revolves around Grace (Newton), a morally and emotionally conflicted undercover detective who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son's death. Grace's search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with Jimmy (Marton Csokas), the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime. A smart, complex, character-led thriller, the show explores loss, grief, identity, family bonds, second chances and redemption. Both Grace and Jimmy not only struggle with who they are, they also struggle with who they want to be. Both cross the line - morally, emotionally, sexually - with devastating consequences for their own lives and those around them.

In addition, in a recent rofile of the series in Canadian paper, The Province, I learned the following:

- First, Series creator Matthew Parkhill says that he initially conceived the series as a 3-part miniseries about an undercover cop, set in his hometown of London, to be made with the BBC. But that changed quickly, and he would eventually partner instead with DirecTV here in the USA, because they were apparently looking for a marquee show to rival competitors HBO and Showtime. And with that switch of networks, Rogue became a 10-episode serial, from what was original supposed to be a 3-part mini, and the setting changed to the Oakland docks from London’s docks.

- Series creator Parkhill states that, apparently, he wrote the lead character with Thandie Newton in mind, very early on, and she agreed to play the morally tormented cop Grace Travis, also very early on.

- And since the series is meant to compete with hit dramas on HBO and Showtime, expect the writing to be riskier; specifically, Parkhill says that the show has a high body count, adding that he was aiming for the grit and intensity of such U.S. shows like The Shield and The Sopranos, calling Rogue a very dark show, with fairly full-on sex, fairly full-on violence. "Those are things you can do in that world of American cable shows that you can’t really do on the BBC," he said.

- And lastly, they (both Parkhill and Newton) are already prepping for a season 2, with the hope that the series will catch on with USA audiences (it'll air in Canada as well). As the profile states, Parkhill has created a story, characters and setting that will be able to continue on, after season 1 ends, and that subsequent seasons could broaden the show’s scope.

You can read the full profile HERE.

Rogue will be satellite television provider DirecTV's first original series.

Rogue is executive produced by renowned UK producer/director Nick Hamm for Greenroom EntertainmentJohn Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; and Steven Marrs from Momentum Entertainment Group. Series creator Matthew Parkhill also serves as writer and supervising producer.

In addition to Newton and Csokas, the cast includes Ian Hart, Claudia FerriJoshua SasseJonathan HolmesSarah JeffreyIan TraceyJarod Joseph, Matthew Beard, and Martin Donovan.

The pilot episode was directed by Brian Kirk (LuckGame of ThronesBoardwalk Empire).

So, Thandie gets to carry a gritty, sex- and violence-filled cable TV series; Intrigued?

Here's its first trailer:

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  • Nika | January 4, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    I just got goosebumps! First Kerry, then Meghan, now Thandie! We know Scandal is a hit. I hope the other two do just as well.

  • Kid chaos | January 4, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    Three black women only fucking white men on tv

  • mawon | January 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    Her mom is Zimbabwean. She's as black as Obama

  • turner | January 7, 2013 10:33 AM

    @Anon and Kid Chaos=IDOITS!

  • anon | January 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    Two. thandie not black

  • kara | January 5, 2013 2:54 PM

    get over it....
    it happens on tv and it happens every single day

  • Say What? | January 5, 2013 12:03 AM

    Just like all the Black men werE only f*cking white and other non-Black women on TV. Karma is a bytch I guess.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 4, 2013 7:47 PM


  • FactChecker | January 4, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    Good for Thandi! Too bad it's not on cable. I don't even know anyone who has satellite. Is it just me?

  • Akimbo | January 4, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    This is great in theory, but I strangely have no desire to watch. I think I just realized I'm not a Thandie fan.

  • Miles Maker | January 4, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    Looks good on her. I was hoping she'd be sexualized a bit less but I suppose that goes along with being beautiful and what viewers want to see of Thandie. Her character looks layered though.

  • Troy | January 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    Did you see Beloved? Do you think she would be given more respect than that?

  • eshowoman | January 4, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    I never thought I would see the day when 3 dramas headed by black women were on television simultaneously. I wish Ms. Newton good luck and I too will have to wait for the DVD.

  • anon | January 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    "I never thought I would see the day when 3 dramas headed by black women were on television simultaneously"

    that's becuase you havent! thandie isnt black

  • reggie | January 4, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    I'm sticking with Time Warner Cable, so I have to catch this when
    it's out on dvd.

  • Troy | January 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Hey you have already discovered fire the next thing to do is cook something with it. Your on the Internet download it when it comes on.

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