Period thriller The Alienist debuts tonight on TNT, but it won’t be long before patient cable-cutters can catch the much-anticipated series. Netflix has announced that it will add The Alienist’s 10-episode first season in its entirety on April 19.
The catch, you ask? The series will be made available for spree-viewing by Netflix subscribers worldwide … except the ones who live in the U.S. or France. (Sad trombone.)
While the exclusion of the States may rankle said cable-cutters, this deal speaks to TNT’s confidence in The Alienist and its ability to catch on with an international audience.
“The response to the show in the U.S. has been incredible and now I can’t wait for the rest of the world to watch it,” says star Luke Evans in a statement.
“To play one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read on the page has been a huge honour,” adds Daniel Brühl. “Caleb Carr devised a fascinating world of intrigue and complexity, and I look forward to international audiences seeing how our brilliant cast and creatives have brought his words to life.”
“I am very proud of this show, and really excited that people will be able to watch it all at once,” says Dakota Fanning.
A Netflix press release details The Alienist as follows:
An unflinching psychological thriller set amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds, Rush, Captain America: Civil War), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with standout performances from Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral), The Alienist is a gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery like none other: the story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets.
Many have likened The Alienist to another serial killer-centric drama: Netflix’s own Mindhunter. So if that show’s success thus far is any indication, The Alienist shouldn’t have much trouble finding an audience, whether at home or abroad.
Ahead of the show’s premiere tonight, Monday, Jan. 22, on TNT at 9 p.m. EST, the network is offering curious viewers an early look at The Alienist’s first episode. You can watch it here.
Again, The Alienist debuts on Netflix (excluding the U.S. and France) on April 19. Watch a Paste Studio interview with Brühl and a trailer for the series below, and read our review of the first season right here.