While “The Americans” came to an end in 2017, prestige television is far from done with Russia. The country has been a fascination of popular culture for decades. During the Cold War, the tension between the United States and Russia was consistently explored in film and television. Now, perhaps the most unique look into Russian identity is coming to life. “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and Amazon Prime have unveiled the cast for their upcoming anthology series, “The Romanoffs.”
At TCA, Amazon unveiled the cast for the new series a teaser. No footage is shown, but the cast’s names scroll across the screen. “The Romanoffs” is going to be an interesting concept that could be among the most ambitious concepts on television. The anthology series follows various characters who believe they are descended from the Romanoff dynasty. The Romanoff’s ruled Russia for more than 300 years until the Bolshevik revolution resulted in their assassinations. Still, the Romanoffs continue to fascinate generations of people around the world.
Weiner is one of the top writers in the history of television, and “Mad Men” is just the tip of the iceberg. Weiner also worked on “The Sopranos” and “Becker” in the past. Now, Amazon will give Weiner even more room to work. The eight-episode series reportedly received a $50 million budget and has the talent to show for it. “Mad Men” alums John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, and Carla Buono all nabbed roles. Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Andrew Rannells, Corey Stoll, and Kathryn Hahn are all set to appear as well. An October 12th, 2018 release date means it will be eligible for SAG and Golden Globe Awards before it makes an Emmy push the following year. The highly anticipated show will be one of the highlights of Fall television in 2018.