The Blacklist and Bloodline alum Enrique Muricano and American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe have booked leading roles on TNT’s drama pilot, Deadlier Than the Male (working title).
According to Deadline, the series will follow a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.
Rabe, who also appeared on the short-lived series The Whispers, is set to play Emma. When fans first meet her, she will just have been released from a three-year prison sentence with a new identity for her protection. Emma was intimately entangled with a dangerous killer and is trying to move on from her past.
Murciano will play Peter Jamison, Emma’s therapist. Jamison provides his cabin in the Louisiana woods as a safe house where Emma will start her life in witness protection. He tries to give Emma a sense of security and control over her new surroundings, but he appears to be keeping secrets from her and his new wife.
The concept of the series already sounds intriguing and worth checking out. Murciano and Rabe’s characters sound interesting, and it is nice to see the former find a new role so quickly following his time on The Blacklist.
Will his character be connected to Rabe’s, besides the fact that he is her therapist? It definitely sounds like a possibility. Could Murciano’s Jamison be connected to Emma’s ex-lover? Well, that would certainly be an interesting and exciting twist. Something like this would also add some conflict between therapist and patient while also moving the story forward.
So where does this leave Emma? She is described as fragile, but could she be a formidable threat when overlooked? If so, Rabe is going to have a lot to work with, making her character even more compelling.
TNT’s new drama is produced by Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Turner’s Studio T. Deadlier Than the Male is executive produced by Warner, Papandrea, and Casey Haver of Made Up Stories.
Deadlier Than the Male is one of two pilots TNT has currently orchestrated with an eye toward a new programming block it is prepping entitled TNT Mystery. Another addition to said lineup is Deep Mad Dark.
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