Clive Owen (left) as a sharp-dressed surgeon-man in Cinemax’s forthcoming 10-episode series, THE KNICK. I, too, get to be in this deliciousness. (And no- not as a cadaver. Clive does NOT perform an appendectomy on me. I get to talk and everything). What’s that, you say? You thought Soderbergh retired? Au contraire, dear reader. According to Entertainment Weekly, Steven Soderbergh’s “retirement” home is turning out to be cable television.
The Behind the Candelabra director is working with Cinemax on The Knick, a period medical drama set in 1900 New York City. Clive Owen, who has his own cable bona fides from starring in HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, plays a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in the gruesome days before antibiotics and modern medicine. (Check out the awesome set photos from Manhattan’s Lower East Side.) Think of it as Gangs of New York meets ER — though I suspect Owen’s doc might have a slightly lower rescue-rate than Doug Ross.
Soderbergh is directing the 10-episode series, which will debut on Cinemax this summer. Click below to see the exclusive first teaser, which seems to depict the doctors as butchers… serial killers even. Which… perhaps they sort of were.