For the 24 fans looking to fill that action/conspiracy hole left by a runaway Jack Bauer, AMC’s new drama Rubicon may offer solace. While the show doesn’t premiere until August 1, we’ll get a new preview right after the sure to be breathtaking Breaking Bad finale this Sunday night. I’m anxious to see the approach of the cable channel’s third original drama; if this was a network series I’d temper my expectations, but AMC is proving a contender.
James Badge Dale (The Pacific, The Departed) headlines as an analyst at a New York City think-tank. Executive produced by Henry Bromell (Homicide, Life on the Street, Brotherhood), the show also stars Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter), Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges and Arliss Howard. Rubicon is a “…story about trust and power born out of the desire to find a way to capture the intensity and mystery of the best conspiracy thrillers in a series. It is a show that appeals to everyone who has some skepticism about the relationship between big business and our government…”
From the description, it’s unclear whether Dale’s analyst works for a government agency, but my hope is that he’ll be an intellectual Jack Bauer who focuses on using his mind more than his physicality to work against whatever evil forces he encounters. Not that I would mind a little ass-kicking interspersed here and there.
I’d also suggest Bromell steal away Andre Braugher from Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age; while he’s fantastic as Owen, he needs something with a little bit more grit.
The Rubicon preview will immediately follow Breaking Bad which airs Sunday on AMC, 10:00 pm EST.