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Caspar Didn't Like It But He's Probably Just Jealous: Rufus Sewell Is "Zen"

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 13, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 13, 2011 |

“Was there ever a series so boring as ‘Zen’?” (Caspar Salmon)

Oh come on! Look at this man—he hasn’t a boring bone in his body (me):


I can’t say that I blame Caspar for trying to throw us off by pretending that Sewell could ever be boring, but sorry chappie, we’re not going to fall for your little attempt at diversion.

It’s not as if we don’t have enough to watch on Sunday nights already (“Breaking Bad, True Blood, Curb Your Enthusiasm”), but the lure of Sewell starring as a detective in Rome is just too great to pass by. PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery, “Zen” will play similarly to “Sherlock,” with three episodes corresponding to Michael Dibdin’s popular Aurelio Zen crime novels. The stories follow good cop, Zen, as he takes on criminals both within and outside his own department. Series developer, Andy Harries, speaks to “Zen’s” realistic depiction of Italian politics: “The levels of corruption are so immense, so culturally ingrained in Italy,” he said, referring to the scandals involving the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. “We might regard it as corruption, but the Italians don’t. It’s just a very, very different culture.” And of his character, Sewell says, While not corrupt in the same sense that his colleagues are, he said, Zen “can be quite morally dubious when it suits him. He has a slightly lackadaisical moral code, a sense of wanting to do something good. But he’s not above kicking someone when they’re down. He’s a gray area, and that’s what makes it incredibly fun.”

Here’s the trailer:

I may have to record it because of its Sunday night time slot, but a brooding, (foreign) cop draws me in every time. Think of Zen as Luther’s hot cousin.

“Zen” will air on PBS Sundays, July 17-31, 2011 at 9 pm EST.

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