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WILL [UPDATED]
Air Date: Monday, July 10, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on TNT
Episode Title: (#101) "The Play's The Thing"
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**UPDATED**

TWO-EPISODE SERIES PREMIERE: Will

"The Play's The Thing" - Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) - TV-MA-LSV

It's 1589, a time of religious turmoil in Protestant England when to be Catholic could be a death sentence - Will Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) arrives from the small town of Stratford to the wild streets of London with little more than a dream and a treacherous letter...

Directed by Shekhar Kapur

Written by Craig Pearce

Created by Craig Pearce

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WILL (TNT)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
7/10/17 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (summer 2017)
TIME SLOT:
mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (10 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from TNT's press release, April 2017) TNT is about to take viewers back in time to Elizabethan England to tell the wild, rowdy story of young William Shakespeare in the brand new drama series Will. Newcomer Laurie Davidson plays the title role in this period drama told in a bold, contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all of Shakespeare's recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance. Also starring are Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mattias Inwood (The Shanara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes), Lukas Rolfe (Grantchester), Max Bennett (The Hollow Crown) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers). Will is slated to launch on Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) across TNT's U.S. platforms. As Will opens, a young William Shakespeare (Davidson) has just arrived onto the punk-rock theatre scene in 16th century London. It is in this seductive, violent world that his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will's naïve genius is Alice Burbage (DeJonge), the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage (Meaney), the carpenter whose vision led him to build the first theatre in London since Roman times. Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theatre. Her brother Richard Burbage (Inwood) is innately talented as well, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. But a chance encounter at the theatre leads him to team up with Will in what would soon become the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen. Rounding out Will's cast of characters are playwright, poet and chief Shakespeare rival Christopher Marlowe (Bower) and wealthy and notorious law enforcer Richard Topcliffe (Bremner).
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Colm Meaney as James Burbage
· Jasmin Savoy Brown as Emilia Bassano
· Laurie Davidson as William Shakespeare
· Mattias Inwood as Richard Burbage
· Max Bennett as Robert Southwell
· Olivia DeJonge as Alice Burbage
CREW INFORMATION:
· Christina Wayne as EP
· Craig Pearce as CRTR/EP
· Hilary Bevan Jones as EP
· Howard Braunstein as EP
· Louise Rosager as EP
· Shekhar Kapur as DIR (Pilot)
· Vince Gerardis as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· no information is available