TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ Sequel Enlists ‘House of Cards’ Alum as Showrunner

Frank Pugliese to serve as showrunner on “The Angel of Darkness”

Former “House of Cards” co-showrunner Frank Pugliese will serve as showrunner on the TNT series “The Angel of Darkness,” the network announced Wednesday.

The series, billed as a sequel to last year’s “The Alienist,” will feature the same lead cast, which is made up of Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning.

Based on the sequel to the Caleb Carr novel adapted for the first run of the show, “The Angel of Darkness” picks up one year after “The Alienist,” as Sara Howard (Fanning), now leading her own private detective agency, enlists the help of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and John Moore (Evans) to hunt down an elusive killer.

Pugliese most recently served as executive producer and co-showrunner on “House of Cards” from 2015-17, for which he earned three Emmy nominations. His other TV credits include “Night of the Living Dead,” “Homicide” and “Law and Order.”

“Following the tremendous success of The Alienist, we are excited to welcome an immensely talented and accomplished showrunner who could not only do justice to Caleb Carr’s popular sequel but also add a unique point of view,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “With Frank, we have found a three-time Emmy® Award nominee whose unique skills will surely catapult The Angel of Darkness to the same heights of success as its predecessor.”

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought The Alienist to life,” said Pugliese. “Myself and the writers coming on board for The Angel of Darkness are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.”

“The Angel of Darkness” is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T with Eric Roth, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin and Cary Joji Fukunaga serving as executive producers.