I Am The Night

Chris Pine And The Black Dhalia On TNT

BY: Zak Wojnar

The latest initiative from TNT is “The Suspense Collection,” an anthology of miniseries events which brings serialized thrills to the drama-themed television network. TNT, best known for crime shows like Major Crimes and Murder in the First, the network is now focused on telling easily streamed adult-oriented shows perfect for binge-watching.

After earning considerable praise for last year’s period drama, The Alienist, starring Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans (with season two coming next year), the latest series in the collection, I Am the Night, updates the setting to a film noir tinged Los Angeles. Director Patty Jenkins reunites with her Wonder Woman star Chris Pine, who plays a washed-up reporter who finds himself embroiled in the infamous Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time.

This particular fictionalization is based on the true story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), who had a real-life connection to the case (which we won’t spoil here, for prospective viewers who may want to wait until after the series before they research the real-life history) which offers a unique twist on the story which has been told numerous times across film and television over the years. The series also co-stars Connie Nielsen, Jefferson Mays, and Justin Cornwell, among others.

In addition to the television series, I Am The Night will also launch alongside a podcast, Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia. Inspired by the numerous true crime-themed podcasts which have flooded the market lately, Root of Evil is hosted by Yvette Gentile and Rasha Pecoraro, Hodel’s real-life daughters.

I Am The Night debuts in January 2019 on TNT.