I kind of forgot about this, but since the series is only new this week, here is a reminder that The Son is now airing, starring Pierce Brosnan.
Based on the New York Times best selling and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel, comes ‘The Son’, a new western drama series which began airing Saturday, April 8 at 9/8c with a 2-hour premiere. The series will be simulcast across AMC and SundanceTV. The first season will consist of 10, one hour episodes.
‘The Son’ is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The ten-episode, one-hour drama traces the story of Eli McCullough’s transformation from good-natured innocence to calculated violence, as he loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. ‘The Son’ deftly explores how Eli’s ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that span generations, as the McCulloughs rise to become one of the richest families reigning in Texas.
Kevin Murphy (Defiance) will server as showrunner and Tom Harper (War & Peace) will direct the first episode.
- Young Eli McCullough was born with innate tenacity, inner strength and the will to survive. At a very young age, he was providing for his mother and siblings as they lived in the wilderness of the Texas prairie. He is the only survivor of the Comanche attack on his family’s cabin.
- Toshaway is a Comanche war chief and the leader of the band who captures Young Eli. This is a perilous time for Toshaway, as a dwindling buffalo population and the encroachment of white settlers threatens his people.
- Prairie Flower is a young Comanche woman who is enjoying her last few years of sexual freedom before she is compelled to marry. Prairie Flower possesses none of the fragility or gentleness that her name suggests. She is foul-mouthed, physically strong, opinionated and fiercely self-possessed.
- Old Eli McCullough has grown up with the state of Texas itself, surviving the great struggles of Texas’s history.
- Pedro García is the patriarch of the last great Spanish family in South Texas. He has survived by being a careful diplomat, nervous to choose sides between the neighboring white ranchers and Mexican seditionists.
- Maria is Pedro’s oldest daughter, who was supposed to marry well and carry on the family’s noble legacy. But Maria had other plans for herself. She fled to New York City in her early twenties to study art, and immerse herself in the bohemian culture of lower Manhattan.
- Although Eli may be the star of this series, Jeannie McCullough is the lead. Over many seasons, the show will dramatize her evolution from an eleven-year old tomboy, mentored by her beloved grandfather, to the ruthless CEO of an oil empire.
- Phineas is Eli’s oldest son, who is a lawyer and the manager of the McCullough fortune. Never having had a taste for ranch life, Phineas moved to Austin for college and never went back. Even though he doesn’t live on the ranch, he is the glue that holds the McCulloughs together.
- Pete is Eli’s youngest son. He runs the McCullough Ranch in South Texas, where he and his wife, Sally, raise their three children. Unlike Eli, Pete believes in the social contract — that people have the choice and capacity to treat each other with basic goodness.