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"Animal Kingdom" (TV show) is an adrenaline-fueled drama series on TNT that stars Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin ("Sea of Love," "This Boy's Life," "Oceans 13") as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman ("The Strangers," "The Vow") as her second in command. The cast also includes Shawn Hatosy ("Southland," "Reckless"), Ben Robson ("Vikings," "Dracula: The Dark Prince"), Jake Weary ("Pretty Little Liars,"

"It Follows"), Finn Cole ("Peaky Blinders," "An Inspector Calls"), Daniella Alonso ("Revolution") and Molly Gordon ("Love the Coopers," "Ithaca").

The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J's steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena.

It isn't long before Josh is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.

"Animal Kingdom" is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy winner John Wells ("Southland," "ER," "The West Wing," "Shameless") and Jonathan Lisco ("Southland," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Damages," "NYPD Blue") serving as executive producers. Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn ("Southland," "Shameless") also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film produced by Liz Watts and written & directed by David Michod, who will also serve as executive producers on the series.

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Network: TNT
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 7, 2016
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
John Wells Productions
Warner Horizon Television

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