Cinemax Announces New Series 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen & Directed by Stephen Soderbergh

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July 25th, 2013

Clive Owen

via press release:



            LOS ANGELES, July 25, 2013 – Academy Award® winner and Emmy® nominee Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Side Effects,” HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”) will direct Academy Award® and Emmy® nominee Clive Owen (“Children of Men,” HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn”) in the entire ten-episode season of the CINEMAX original series THE KNICK, which begins production in New York in September.

Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, says, “We are thrilled that Steven and Clive have chosen to bring this unique and exciting series to CINEMAX.”

Set in downtown New York in 1900, THE KNICK centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (“Raising Helen,” “Big Miracle”), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (“Rendition”) and Gregory Jacobs (“Behind the Candelabra”). Michael Polaire (“Behind the Candelabra”) produces. Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming, and David Levine, vice president, HBO Entertainment, will oversee the series, which will debut on the network in 2014.

  • Colin

    Medical drama on Cinemax? What the hell?

  • Jake

    Poor clive. Gotta make
    That money one way or another.

  • Ekras


  • Scorchit

    Cue the topless nurses!

  • mouzam

    olypuss has fallen, man this guy and all his movies really suck its good he finally reduced to a cinamaxxx tv show.. if the shoe fits lol

  • PurpleDrazi

    I think you all might be surprised. Cinemax has already put out two very good shows with “Strike Back” and “Banshee”. Sure, there is gratitous nudity – it is cinamax after all – but the writing and acting have been top notch and both shows have received praise from the critics.

    If this show is half as good as the other two it will do well for the channel

  • CS’ Revenge

    I just got Cinemax back on my cable service after years of not having premium movie channels and I was delighted to see Banshee, Hunted, and Strike Back which are really high in quality. Cinemax is a really go-to channel for me but this actually sounds disappointing as I hate period shows.

  • booboo

    The U.S. had finally started using European antiseptic operating room practices by 1900, so at least Clive will wash his hands before operating.

  • Gus

    Cinemax is getting ready to join the party since it is somewhat behind the other cable movie channels(HBO ,Showtime, Starz) in putting on its’ own tv shows. But as long as the shows are of good quality it is all good.

  • FabioParme

    I second that zzzzz. Medical dramas are boring!

  • jason50

    Medical dramas ARE boring, and I work in the medical field. I thought Cinemax was really trying to push the action TV market. I know you need variety in programming but Cinemax seems to have found their niche with action shows. Medical and crime dramas leave it for all the other networks, besides on Cinemax it will probably get lost in the crowd. What happened to their other projects Sandbox, Quarry, Hurt People, and Kingpin? All of those ideas sounded WAY better. Plus the Transporter series was already released in Europe, Cinemax taking a long time bringing that out.

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