The Rook (miniseries)

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The Rook
Genre
Based onThe Rook
by Daniel O'Malley
Written bySam Holcroft
Al Muriel
Directed by
  • Kari Skogland
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kari Skogland
  • Karyn Usher
  • Lisa Zwerling
  • Meghan Hibbett
  • Stephen Garrett
  • Stephenie Meyer
Producer(s)Sam Holcroft
Al Muriel
Production location(s)London
Production company(s)
DistributorLionsgate
Release
Original networkStarz
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The Rook is an American television series based on the novel of the same name by Daniel O'Malley, and originally adapted by Stephenie Meyer. It was ordered direct-to-series at Starz in July 2017.[1] Meyer left the series as the first and second episodes were being filmed.[2] It premiered on June 30, 2019.[3]

Premise[edit]

Myfanwy Thomas finds herself at Millennium Bridge in London surrounded by dead bodies with no memory of how she came to be there. She soon discovers that she is an agent with supernatural abilities in a British secret service called the Checquy.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Emma Greenwell as Myfanwy Thomas, a Rook in the inner court of the Checquy
  • Joely Richardson as Linda Farrier, the King in the Checquy
  • Jon Fletcher as Teddy and Alex Gestalt, two of the four bodies sharing one mind, the single Gestalt Rook
  • Ronan Raftery as Robert Gestalt, a third body of the Gestalt Rook
  • Catherine Steadman as Eliza Gestalt, a fourth body of the Gestalt Rook
  • Adrian Lester as Conrad Grantchester, the Queen in the Checquy
  • Olivia Munn as Monica Reed, an agent from the American BVA, a Checquy sister agency

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [6]Written by [6]Original air date [7]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Chapter 1"Kari SkoglandAl Blyth & Sam HolcroftJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)0.307[8]
2"Chapter 2"Kari SkoglandAl Blyth & Sam HolcroftJuly 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)0.288[9]
3"Chapter 3"China Moo-YoungFrancesca GardinerJuly 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)TBD
4"Chapter 4"[10]Sunu GoneraAl Blyth & Sam HolcroftJuly 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)TBD
5"Chapter 5"[11]China Moo-YoungAl Blyth & Sam HolcroftJuly 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)TBD
6"Chapter 6"[12]Sunu GoneraFrancesca GardinerAugust 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)TBD
7"Chapter 7"Rebecca JohnsonAl Blyth & Sam HolcroftAugust 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)TBD
8"Chapter 8"China Moo-YoungTBAAugust 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)TBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series received an approval of 44%, and a 5.83/10 average rating from 16 reviews. The critics' consensus states, "Though it teases some appealingly pulpy puzzle pieces, The Rook's dour tone and convoluted machinations ​overshadow its intriguing premise."[13] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 62 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clarke, Stewart (July 28, 2017). "Starz Orders Drama 'The Rook' From Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 1, 2018). "'The Rook': Lisa Zwerling & Karyn Usher Join As Showrunners, EP Stephenie Meyer Exits Starz Spy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (May 8, 2019). "'The Rook' Gets Season 1 Premiere Date On Starz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Long, Christian (May 8, 2019). "Starz Sets June Premiere Date for Supernatural Thriller The Rook". Coming Soon. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Hemmert, Kylie (April 23, 2018). "Paula Patton Cast in Stephenie Meyer's The Rook". ComingSoon.Net. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "The Rook – Crew". Starz. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Rook – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 2, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.30.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 10, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.7.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Rook: Ep 104 - Chapter 4". Starz. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Rook: Ep 105 - Chapter 5". Starz. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Rook: Ep 106 - Chapter 6". Starz. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Rook: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Rook: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 7, 2019.

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