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When most people announce their retirements, they actually retire. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, on the other hand, just works on less projects. His next effort is the Cinemax series The Knick, a medical drama that takes place in 1900, when medicine was more window dressing than foundation. With no trephine needed, the cable network unleashed 11 themed posters promoting the show's 10-episode first season.
Clive Owen and Clive Owen’s Mustache star as Dr. John W. Thackery, a brilliant Knickerbottom Hospital surgeon whose methods are far more advanced than his colleagues’. Sure, he’s secretly addicted to cocaine and stuff, but that just lets him stay up studying more, right? Thackery leads his team of talented doctors to medical pioneering the likes of which had never been seen before. There’s probably some sex involved as well, and I bet Thackery is innovative there, too.
The Knick’s posters (via Collider) show off its impressive cast of characters, including Andre Holland as Dr. Algernon Edwards, a young doctor with big potential that comes under Thackery’s command.
All of the character posters include a play on the “isn’t what it used to be” theme. For the crooked hospital administrator Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb), it’s “Non-Profit Isn’t What It Used To Be.” For Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), daughter of the hospital’s benefactor, it’s “Philanthropy Isn’t What It Used To Be.” And then for the surly, burly ambulance driver Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan), it’s this.
And for the brazenly outspoken Sister Harriet…
The Knick also stars Eric Johnson as Thackery’s protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger, Eve Hewson as newb nurse Lucy Elkins, and Grainger Hines as benefactor Captain August Robertson. Soderbergh directed all ten episodes, which were co-written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen). Check out a promo for The Knick below.
You can find your blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm racing when The Knick premieres on Cinemax on Friday, August 8.