Kingdom (U.S. TV series)

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Kingdom
Kingdom 2014 TV series opening title.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by Byron Balasco
Starring
Opening theme Tyler Bates
Rafe Pearlman
Composer(s) Tyler Bates
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Byron Balasco
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s) Balasco Productions
Endemol Shine Group
Distributor AT&T Originals
Endemol Shine International (International)
Release
Original network Audience Network
Original release October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) – August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)
External links
Website

Kingdom (previously titled Navy St.) is an American drama television series created by Byron Balasco. The series premiered on October 8, 2014 on the Audience Network[1] and concluded on August 2, 2017. It stars Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going. Season one consists of ten episodes.[2]

On October 17, 2014, DirecTV announced that the series was renewed for an additional 20 episodes,[3] 10 of which aired in 2015 and 10 in 2016. On July 7, 2016, it was renewed for a third season which premiered on May 31, 2017.[4][5] On April 1, 2017, it was announced that the third season would be final season of the series.[6]

Summary[edit]

Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) owns and runs a mixed martial arts gym called Navy St. Gym in Venice, California, with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez). He helps people work out and trains fighters along with his sons, Nate (Nick Jonas) and Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Jay has a drug and alcohol problem, but puts it aside to start fighting again. Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria) used to be a great fighter until he was sent to prison after a few mistakes in his life. After Ryan's release, Alvey wants him to fight again and be his trainer as it would be good publicity for the gym. Lisa is initially opposed to this, as she and Ryan used to be engaged, but eventually accepts it for the sake of the gym. Alvey's estranged ex-wife, Christina (Joanna Going), is a drug addict and prostitute, with sporadic contact with Kulina and her sons.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Frank Grillo as Alvey Kulina, Jay and Nate's father. Owner of the gym Navy St., he's a retired MMA fighter who now trains MMA fighters at his gym.
  • Kiele Sanchez as Lisa Prince, Ryan's ex-fiancée and Alvey's girlfriend, She runs the business side of the gym and also manages Jay as a fighter.
  • Matt Lauria as Ryan Wheeler, an ex-con who starts training to be a fighter again after being released from prison. He used to be engaged to Lisa and is still in love with her.
  • Jonathan Tucker as Jay Kulina, Alvey and Christina's older son and Nate's older brother. Seen as the screw up in the family by Alvey. Starts fighting again when Lisa begins to manage him. Jay is the loud mouth, obnoxious Kulina brother.
  • Nick Jonas as Nathaniel "Nate" Kulina,[7] Alvey and Christina's younger son, an upcoming fighter who after an attack is put on the back bench. He is also a closeted gay man who came out to his brother.[8]
  • Joanna Going as Christina Kulina, Alvey's ex-wife and the mother of Jay and Nate. She's a former drug addict and prostitute, which has a negative impact on Jay.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Juliette Jackson as Shelby, Lisa's friend who runs the front desk at Navy St. Gym (season 1–3)
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Keith, Ryan's roommate at the half-way house turn housemate after Ryan moves into Keith's home[9] (season 1–3)
  • Mac Brandt as Mac Sullivan, nurse and personal friend and drug supplier of the Kulinas (season 1–3)
  • Natalie Martinez as Alicia Mendez, an upcoming fighter and Lisa's new client (season 2).
  • Joseph Serna as the Fight Doctor (season 1–)
  • Kirk Acevedo as Dominick Ramos (season 3)
  • Ronnie Gene Blevins as Michael, bully at the half-way house with Ryan and Keith (4 episodes, season 1)
  • Mario Perez as Carlos, a gang member that's involved with Nate's beating (4 episodes, season 1)
  • Meaghan Rath as Tatiana, Nate's physical therapist (3 episodes, season 1)
  • Jamie Harris as Terry, Christina's pimp, later former[10] (season 1–3)
  • Jai Rodriguez as Diego Diaz, Nate's physical therapist after Tatiana resigns (3 episodes, season 1)
  • Bryan Callen as Garo Kassabian, fight promoter (season 1–3)[11]
  • Rebecca Olejniczak as Fight Event Ring Girl (3 episodes, season 1)
  • Joe Stevenson as Fight Coach "Daddy"[12] (3 episodes, season 1)
  • Phil Abrams as Dr. Kramer, Alvey's therapist (2 episodes, season 1)
  • Jamie Kennedy as Bucky DeMarco, a fight promoter (2 episodes, season 1)[13]
  • Dean Stone as Himself, an announcer (5 episodes, season 1–2)
  • Jessica Szohr as Laura Melvin, a professional photographer who was briefly Jay's girlfriend after photographing him on the beach (5 episodes, season 2)
  • Mark Consuelos as Sean Chapas, a friend of Alvey's and ex-fighter turned businessman (season 2)
  • Andre Royo as the owner of the Sunset Hawaiian (2 episodes)[14]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria, Frank Grillo, and Jonathan Tucker at the premiere of the show in October 2014
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)
22010October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)
10June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01)August 3, 2016 (2016-08-03)
310May 31, 2017 (2017-05-31)August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)

International broadcasts[edit]

The series premiered in Australia on April 7, 2015, on FX[16] and was watched by 16,000 viewers.[17]

The series airs in Canada on Bravo Canada. The first season aired two days after the US broadcast. The second season began on November 11, 2015.

The series airs in Sweden on TV12.[18]

The series airs in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico on OnDirecTV, a channel of DirecTV.[19]

The series aired in New Zealand on SKY Movies Action on May 3, 2015.[20]

The series airs in the United Kingdom exclusively to Virgin Media customers via the video on demand (VoD) service on their Virgin TV XL package, the first six episodes were made available to stream on April 1, 2016, with further episodes being made available on a weekly basis.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DirecTV Names Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas Series 'Kingdom'". Variety.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "DirecTV Drama Series 'Navy St' Gets New Title, Premiere Date". Deadline.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Kingdom' Picked Up For 20 More Episodes By DirecTV". Deadline.com. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kingdom Renewed for Season 3". TVLine. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kingdom Season 3 Gets May Premiere Date". Entertainment Weekly. January 5, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ Highfill, Samantha (April 1, 2017). "Kingdom officially ending after third season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Nick Jonas to Co-Star in DirecTV's MMA Drama 'Navy St.'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 13, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Kingdom' post-mortem: Creator talks finale, and what's next". Entertainment Weekly. December 10, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ Samantha Highfill (November 12, 2014). "'Kingdom' post-mortem: Paul Walter Hauser on Keith's shocking decision". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jamie Harris - About this Person". New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ Philiana Ng (July 14, 2014). "DirecTV's MMA Drama 'Kingdom' Adds Trio". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Damon Martin (October 8, 2014). "Joe Stevenson found his 'Kingdom' after hanging up the gloves". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Tierney Bricker (July 18, 2014). "Kingdom Stages Friday Night Lights Reunion! Plus, Jamie Kennedy to Guest Star". E!. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ Frank Grillo (December 4, 2014). "These guys. #PURPLEDRANK #KINGDOMTV". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ Ben Travers (July 19, 2017). "'Kingdom': Talia Shire on Why She Returned to the World of Professional Fighters — and Acting". IndieWire. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ "APRIL on FOXTEL: Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Wentworth, Deadline Gallipoli and 200+ other new shows". The Green Room. Foxtel. March 30, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ratings: Tuesday 7th April 2015". Mediaspy. Archived from the original on July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "TV4 claims Kingdom". c21media. December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kingdom Guide on Directv.com.ar". DirecTVLA. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "SKY Movies Action - Kingdom - Come With Us". SKY Network Television. May 3, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Virgin Media boosts on-demand programming with Endemol Shine". 

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