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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 4, 2013 at 10:55AM

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

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Thandie Newton


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