Kingdom (American TV series)

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Kingdom
Kingdom 2014 TV series opening title.jpg
GenreDrama
Created byByron Balasco
Starring
Theme music composerTyler Bates
Rafe Pearlman
ComposerTyler Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Byron Balasco
Production locationsLos Angeles, California
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time46–60 minutes
Production companiesBalasco Productions
Endemol Shine Group
DistributorAT&T Originals
Endemol Shine International (International)
Release
Original networkAudience Network
Original releaseOctober 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) –
August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)

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 2014 & 10 in 2015. 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 the 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 and Nate is dealing with personal issues as well. Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria) used to be a great fighter who left Alvey when he got big until he was sent to prison after brutally assaulting his father. 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 sex worker, with sporadic contact with Kulina and her sons. Fighting is a way of life in this family both in and out of the ring.

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-convict 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, but protective 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 backbench. He is also a closeted gay man.[8]
  • Joanna Going as Christina Kulina, Alvey's ex-wife and the mother of Jay and Nate. She's a former drug addict and sex worker, which has a negative impact on Jay.
  • Natalie Martinez as Alicia Mendez, an upcoming fighter and Lisa's new client (season 2).

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Juliette Jackson as Shelby, Lisa's friend who runs the front desk at Navy St. Gym (seasons 1–3)
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Keith, Ryan's friend and roommate at the half-way house turned housemate after Ryan moves into Keith's home[9] (seasons 1–3)
  • Mac Brandt as Mac Sullivan, nurse and personal friend and drug supplier of the Kulinas (seasons 1–3)
  • Jamie Harris as Terry, Christina's pimp, later former[10] (seasons 1–3)
  • Bryan Callen as Garo Kassabian, fight promoter (seasons 1–3)[11]
  • Joe Stevenson as Fight Coach "Daddy"[12] (seasons 1–3)
  • Phil Abrams as Dr. Kramer, Alvey's therapist (seasons 1–3)
  • M.C. Gainey as Rick, Ryan's father who is in a wheelchair (seasons 1–2)
  • Bruce Davison as Ron Prince, Lisa's father (seasons 1–2)
  • Zuleikha Robinson as Allison (season 1)
  • Ronnie Gene Blevins as Michael, bully at the half-way house with Ryan and Keith (season 1)
  • Mario Perez as Carlos, a gang member that's involved with Nate's beating (season 1)
  • Meaghan Rath as Tatiana, Nate's physical therapist (season 1)
  • Jai Rodriguez as Diego Diaz, Nate's physical therapist after Tatiana resigns (season 1)
  • Jamie Kennedy as Bucky DeMarco, a fight promoter (season 1)[13]
  • Jessica Szohr as Laura Melvin, a professional photographer who was briefly Jay's girlfriend after photographing him on the beach (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 (season 2)[14]
  • Lina Esco as Ava Flores (season 2)
  • Wendy Moniz as Roxanne (season 2)
  • Jeff Ross as a promoter (season 2)
  • Paul Ben-Victor as Bob (season 2)
  • Billy Lush as Jason (season 2)
  • Kirk Acevedo as Dominick Ramos (season 3)
  • Talia Shire as Annette Kulina, Alvey's mother (season 3)[15]
  • Patrick Fischler as Dan (season 3)
  • Zach Gilford as Tim (season 3)

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)

Reception[edit]

Kingdom received positive reviews throughout its run. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 81% with an average score of 6.88/10 based on 16 reviews. The critical consensus is, "It may be a little dated in its portrayal of women, but Kingdom offers a new, well-acted take on the boxing genre."[16] The first season has a Metacritic score of 72 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 83% with an average score of 6.75/10 based on 6 reviews,[18] and the third season has an approval rating of 100% with an average score of 7.88/10 based on 5 reviews.[19]

International broadcasts[edit]

The series premiered in Australia on April 7, 2015, on FX[20] and was watched by 16,000 viewers.[21] It premiered in Canada on Bravo on October 13, 2014.[22] It aired in Sweden on TV12,[23] in South America on OnDirecTV, a channel of DirecTV,[24] and in New Zealand on Sky Movies Action.[25]

The series aired 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.[26]

The series was available on Netflix from July 2020 until April 2021.[27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DirecTV Names Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas Series 'Kingdom'". Variety.com. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "DirecTV Drama Series 'Navy St' Gets New Title, Premiere Date". Deadline.com. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "'Kingdom' Picked Up For 20 More Episodes By DirecTV". Deadline.com. October 17, 2014. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kingdom Renewed for Season 3". TVLine. July 7, 2016. Archived from the original on July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kingdom Season 3 Gets May Premiere Date". Entertainment Weekly. January 5, 2017. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Highfill, Samantha (April 1, 2017). "Kingdom officially ending after third season". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Nick Jonas to Co-Star in DirecTV's MMA Drama 'Navy St.'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 13, 2014. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "'Kingdom' post-mortem: Creator talks finale, and what's next". Entertainment Weekly. December 10, 2014. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Samantha Highfill (November 12, 2014). "'Kingdom' post-mortem: Paul Walter Hauser on Keith's shocking decision". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jamie Harris – About this Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2015. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Philiana Ng (July 14, 2014). "DirecTV's MMA Drama 'Kingdom' Adds Trio". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Damon Martin (October 8, 2014). "Joe Stevenson found his 'Kingdom' after hanging up the gloves". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. 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!. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Frank Grillo (December 4, 2014). "These guys. #PURPLEDRANK #KINGDOMTV". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Archived from the original on January 3, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on August 31, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Kingdom: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  17. ^ "Kingdom (2014): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "Kingdom: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  19. ^ "Kingdom: Season 3". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  20. ^ "APRIL on FOXTEL: Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Wentworth, Deadline Gallipoli and 200+ other new shows". The Green Room. Foxtel. March 30, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  21. ^ "Ratings: Tuesday 7th April 2015". Mediaspy. Archived from the original on July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  22. ^ "Powerful New Drama KINGDOM Premieres Exclusively on Bravo, October 13". Bravo. October 7, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  23. ^ "TV4 claims Kingdom". c21media. December 19, 2014. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  24. ^ "Kingdom Guide on Directv.com.ar". DirecTVLA. October 18, 2015. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ "Virgin Media boosts on-demand programming with Endemol Shine". Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  27. ^ Travers, Ben (July 5, 2020). "7 New Netflix Shows in July 2020, and the Best Reasons to Watch". IndieWire. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  28. ^ Lewis, Hilary (March 31, 2021). "Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in April". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2021.

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