The “lush, droll, boundary-pushing” (Vanity Fair) “wonderfully bombastic” (Paste) new series “THE GREAT” Season One arrives on DVD October 20, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Season One is now available for purchase on Digital platforms.
Created and executive produced by Academy Award® and Golden Globe®nominee* Tony McNamara (The Favourite), “THE GREAT” is a satirical, comedic drama—and occasionally true story—about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. An idealistic romantic young girl, she arrives from Prussia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) hoping for love and sunshine, and finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court on her side.
Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes®, “THE GREAT” Season One debuted on Hulu in the U.S. in May and has been renewed for a second season.
The 4-disc DVD set features all ten episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including interviews with the cast and creator Tony McNamara about the provocative and irreverent depiction of Catherine’s extraordinary story; behind-the-scenes tours of the lavish sets with members of the cast; a look at the opulent makeup, hair and costume designs; and an uproarious gag reel.
- Bold and Brash: Inside “The Great”
- Palatial Panache: The Style of “The Great”
- Gag Reel
“THE GREAT” is created, written and executive produced by McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Elle Fanning, Mark Winemaker and Matt Shakman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.
About Paramount Home Entertainment
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About MRC Television
MRC Television is a leading independent studio, which sources, finances, develops, and produces content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative artists. To date, the studio’s series have been nominated for 72 Emmy® Awards and 11 Golden Globe ® Awards. The current slate includes “Ozark,” from Chris Mundy and starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, currently in its third season on Netflix; the new HBO series “The Outsider,” an adaptation of the Stephen King novel from Richard Price, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo, and for which Jason Bateman directs and executive produces; and “The Great,” from Tony McNamara, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, for Hulu. The studio recently announced a new limited series commitment from Apple for “The Shrink Next Door,” starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd and from director Michael Showalter and writer Georgia Pritchett and “The Terminal List,” which Chris Pratt stars and executive produces alongside director Antoine Fuqua and writer David DiGilio, with Amazon Studios. MRC Television’s previous series include “House of Cards” and “Counterpart,” among others.
MRC Television is a division of Valence Media, a diversified global media company that includes dick clark productions, the largest producer and proprietor of television live-event programming broadcasts, and the world’s leading entertainment news and music publisher The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. Valence Media has minority investments in A24, Fulwell 73 and T-Street. For more information, please visit www.mrcstudios.com.
THE GREAT Season One
Street Date: October 20, 2020 (DVD)
July 14, 2020 (For Purchase on Digital)
U.S. Rating: Not rated
*Academy Award nomination: 2019, The Favourite, Best Original Screenplay; Golden Globe nomination: 2019, The Favourite, Best Screenplay—Motion Picture
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