If we (and we do mean the royal we) weren’t excited for “The Romanoffs” before, we certainly are now, as Amazon has released a batch of first look photos and the Season 1 episode lineup for Matthew Weiner’s new anthology series.
The shot at the top of the page and the first one below are from Episode 102 (‘The Royal We”), which will star Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle. That story centers around a married couple in a rut, faced with their own temptations.
The following two shots are from the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin. Here’s Amazon’s description for that one: Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.
From the creator of “Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. It stars Eckhart, Wyle, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Paul Reiser and Andrew Rannells.
The streamer announced “The Romanoffs” would debut this fall during the Television Critics Association press tour last month. The news came as a bit of a shock, as Amazon hasn’t said a word about the long-gestating project for months, following accusations of sexual misconduct posed against the “Mad Men” creator last fall by a writer who worked on the AMC series. Weiner has denied those accusations.
The series is written and executive produced by Weiner and “Mad Men” alum Semi Chellas. Co-executive producers include Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”) and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”). Also joining the series from the old “Mad Men” team are Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, who will act as consulting producers and writers.
Along with its A-list core cast, Amazon revealed a huge lineup of guest stars will drop by this season, including: Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), Kerry Bishé (“Halt & Catch Fire”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”), Ben Miles (“Collateral”), Mary Kay Place (“Big Love”), Griffin Dunne (“Imposters”), Cara Buono (“Mad Men”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Jon Tenney (“Hand of God”), Clea DuVall (“Veep”), Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill”), Hugh Skinner (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Juan Pablo Castañeda (“The Debt of Maximillian”), Emily Rudd (“Electric Dreams”), Adèle Anderson (“Company Business”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Louise Bourgoin (“I Am a Soldier”), Hera Hilmar (“Two Birds”) and Inès Melab (“Agathe Koltès”).
See more first look photos and the full episode lineup below.
“The Violet Hour” — Premieres on Friday, October 12
Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin in “The Violet Hour.”
“The Royal We” — Premieres on Friday, October 12
With their marriage in a rut, a couple finds their own temptations.
Starring Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle in “The Royal We.”
“House of Special Purpose” – Premieres on Friday, October 19
A movie star and a director go head to head in a battle over what is real.
Starring Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Mike Doyle and Paul Reiser in “House of Special Purpose.”
“Expectation” – Premieres on Friday, October 26
Over a single day in New York City a woman is confronted with every lie she ever told.
Starring Amanda Peet, John Slattery, Emily Rudd, Jon Tenney, Mary Kay Place, and Michael O’Neill in “Expectation.”
“Bright and High Circle” – Premieres on Friday, November 2
A trusted friend under suspicion tests the loyalties of a tightly-knit community.
Starring Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, Andrew Rannells, Cara Buono and Nicole Ari Parker in “Bright and High Circle.”
“Panorama” – Premieres on Friday, November 9
In Mexico City, an idealistic reporter falls in love with his mysterious subject.
Starring Juan Pablo Castañeda, Radha Mitchell and Griffin Dunne in “Panorama.”
“End of the Line” – Premieres on Friday, November 16
On a trip abroad to pursue their legacy, a couple faces destruction.
Starring Kathryn Hahn, Jay R. Ferguson, Annet Mahendru and Clea Duvall in “End of the Line.”
“The One That Holds Everything” – Premieres on Friday, November 23
In a story that circles the globe, a man tries to escape a family curse.
Starring Hugh Skinner, Adèle Anderson, Hera Hilmar, Ben Miles and JJ Feild in “The One That Holds Everything.”
“The Romanoffs” first two episodes drop on October 12 on Amazon.