Turner’s TNT has cast Denis Leary (Rescue Me) in season three of the hit drama. In this bold, gritty series about a Southern California crime family, the Emmy(R)-nominated actor joins Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winner Ellen Barkin, the matriarch of the Cody clan, along with Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Molly Gordon and Carolina Guerra. Leary will play Billy, Deran’s (Weary) drifter dad who Smurf (Barkin) kicked out years ago.
“Denis Leary’s extensive and successful career playing complicated, flawed characters makes him the perfect addition to this badass Animal Kingdom family,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT.
Leary previously co-created and starred in seven seasons of the acclaimed drama Rescue Me. He also recently starred in the comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. His film credits include playing Captain George Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, voicing Francis in A Bug’s Life and Diego in the Ice Age franchise and other movies such as The Ref, The Sandlot, Draft Day, Wag The Dog, Monument Ave and The Thomas Crown Affair.
Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Emmy(R) winner John Wells serves as executive producer on the series. Animal Kingdom was developed for television by Jonathan Lisco and inspired by the award-winning feature film written & directed by David Michod and produced by Liz Watts, who also serve as executive producers on the series.
TNT is basic cable’s #1 network in primetime with young adults and is home to one of cable’s most popular slates of original series, including The Alienist, Animal Kingdom, Claws, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, The Librarians, the upcoming One Day She’ll Darken (working title), Snowpiercer and more. TNT’s premium non-fiction series include the upcoming Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse. TNT also presents popular shows such as Arrow, Supernatural, Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Website: www.tntdrama.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/tntweknowdrama Facebook: www.facebook.com/TNTDrama Twitter: twitter.com/TNTDrama | twitter.com/TNTPR TNT app available for iOS, Android and other platforms and devices.
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About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, American Woman for Paramount Network, Famous in Love for Freeform, Fuller House and Longmire for Netflix, Krypton for SYFY, Queen Sugar and Love Is___ for OWN and You for Lifetime.