I Am the Night

One of the hallmarks of Peak TV – the era in which we live where there’s just so much good TV, too much for any one person to watch – is the presence of people you typically only associate with the big screen. Certainly, some of the agreed-upon best TV shows of the 21st century are able to tell longer-form stories than any film, or even series of films, could. But shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and others also stand out either because they looked as impressive as films or because they featured people from the world of film on a small screen, no longer thought of as slumming it.

Of course, the downside of the migration of cinematic talent to the world of TV is that it’s no longer automatically remarkable to see an A-list movie star on a TV show, or a big-name director behind the camera of such a show. Timing, as they say, is everything, and timing is part of what makes the TNT limited series I Am the Night something of a letdown. It ought to be a big deal — the director and one of the stars of last year’s zeitgeist-y superhero film Wonder Woman have reunited for a period-piece crime drama that incorporates both fictionalized elements as well as the infamous Black Dahlia Killer to tell the story of a young woman whose past is far more sordid than even she realized. Instead, I Am the Night is a show that feels out of place in 2019.

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I am the night review

Hard-boiled dialogue. Trips to the morgue. Boozy floozies. Sharp-dressed men lurking in the shadows. Dames, death and danger. We’re knee-deep in the world of pulp and noir. This is a highway trafficked by Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy. Where the women are imperiled, the men are corrupt, and not even all the stars of Hollywood can cut through the darkness. Say hello to I Am the Night.

The Wonder Woman team of director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine re-team to tell this tantalizing tale, and the results should please viewers looking for something akin to True Detective meets L.A. Confidential. It’s not quite as good as either of those titles (I Am the Night very badly wants to be a James Ellroy novel come to life, but can never match Ellroy’s edge), but it does the trick.

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I Am The Night trailer

If you’re a sucker for Los Angeles-based noir stories, you’re in luck. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine are teaming up for a new limited television series called I Am The Night, which looks like it could be a hell of a way to kick off 2019. A new trailer has arrived online, and this thing is dripping with style.

Oh, and it features Chris Pine screaming the line, “Can you dig it?!” in someone’s face. What more do you need?
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i am the night trailer

Update: TNT has announced that I Am the Night will be released as part of TNT’s newly minted TNT Suspense Collection. It will follow The Alienist in TNT’s slate of thriller-themed limited series.

Patty Jenkins has found a wonderful collaborator in Chris Pinethe star of the Wonder Woman director’s new noir-tinged TNT series. Pine stars in I Am the Night, a limited TNT series that was originally titled One Day She’ll Darken, after Fauna Hodel’s autobiography of the same name.

But while the original title is gone, the talent is still there, as Pine steals the show as the intrepid hack journalist investigating a young girl’s dark and dangerous lineage.

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