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Carnival Row
File:Carnival Row Title Card.png
Genre
Created by
Based onA Killing on Carnival Row (film script)
by Travis Beacham[2]
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Orlando Bloom
Production location(s)Czech Republic
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50-67 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkPrime Video
Original releaseAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30) –
present (present)

Carnival Row is an American neo-noir[3] fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham that premiered on Amazon Prime Video on August 30, 2019. The series stars Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Andrew Gower, Karla Crome, Arty Froushan, Indira Varma, and Jared Harris. In July 2019, it was announced that Amazon had renewed Carnival Row for a second season.

Premise[edit source | edit]

Carnival Row follows "mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population."[4] At the center of the drama is the investigation into a string of unsolved murders, madness of power, unresolved love, and social adjustments eating away at whatever uneasy peace exists.

Cast and characters[edit source | edit]

Main[edit source | edit]

  • Orlando Bloom as Rycroft Philostrate ("Philo"), an Inspector of the Burgue Constabulary, investigating a dark conspiracy at the heart of the city. A veteran of the war, he sympathizes with the fae to the disgust of many of his colleagues.
  • Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss, a fae and Philo's former lover who believed him to be dead following a war. She falls in with a group of fae ruffians known as the Black Raven while dealing with her complicated feelings for Philo.
  • Simon McBurney as Runyon Millworthy, a human street performer and master of a troupe of kobolds.
  • Tamzin Merchant as Imogen Spurnrose, an heiress who becomes involved with Agreus to support her lifestyle.
  • David Gyasi as Agreus Astrayon, a wealthy faun (also known by their derogatory name of "Puck") shunned by Burgue high society for his appearance and origin.
  • Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose, Imogen's brother whom she blames for mishandling the family finances and driving them into debt.
  • Karla Crome as Tourmaline Larou, Vignette's friend and former lover, Poet Laureate of Tirnanoc, and a courtesan at the Tetterby Hotel in Carnival Row.
  • Arty Froushan as Jonah Breakspear, Absalom's son who rebels against his controlling father.
  • Indira Varma as Piety Breakspear, Absalom's manipulative wife who seeks to enshrine her family's legacy.
  • Jared Harris as Absalom Breakspear, the Chancellor of the Republic of the Burgue.

Recurring[edit source | edit]

  • Caroline Ford as Sophie Longerbane, the power-seeking daughter of Ritter Longerbane.
  • Alice Krige as Aoife Tsigani, a Haruspex (or witch) in the service of Piety Breakspear.
  • Ariyon Bakare as Darius Sykes, Philo's old friend and a former soldier of the Burgue now held in captive luxury due to having been cursed as a Marrok (a type of wolf-man) during the war.
  • Maeve Dermody as Portia Fyfe, Philo's landlady whose romantic advances he frequently rebuffs.
  • Jamie Harris as Sergeant Dombey, a constable under the rank of sergeant known to harbor racist beliefs against the Fae and despises Philo for sympathizing with them.
  • Waj Ali as Constable Berwick, Philo's timid partner who nevertheless remains loyal to him even when Philo is exposed as a half-blood.
  • James Beaumont as Constable Cuppins, a constable who finds Philo's interest in the Fae unnatural.
  • Tracey Wilkinson as Afissa, the "Puck" housemaid and cook to the Spurnroses.
  • Anna Rust as Fleury, a Pix courtesan at Moira's brothel.
  • Mark Lewis Jones as Magistrate Flute, the head constable in the Burgue who urges solidarity amongst his officers and frequently butts heads with Philo over his concern for the Fae's welfare.
  • Leanne Best as Madame Moira, the proprietor of The Tetterby Hotel, which she uses as a brothel.
  • Theo Barklem-Biggs as Cabal, a "Puck" malcontent seeking to bring his brethren together.
  • Ronan Vibert as Ritter Longerbane, Sophie's father, Absalom Breakspear's primary political opponent, and longtime advocate of Fae subjugation.
  • Chloe Pirrie as Dahlia, the ruthless Fae leader of the Black Raven.
  • Scott Reid as Quilliam ("Quill"), a "Puck" footman, unjustly dismissed by the Chancellor, who turns to radicalism.
  • Sinead Phelps as Jenila, Sophie Longerbane's "Puck" lady's maid.
  • Jim High as Fergus, a human servant in Mr. Agreus' household.
  • Erika Starkova as Aisling Querelle, Philo's mother and a once-famous Pix singer turned to the life of a scavenger.

Episodes[edit source | edit]

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Production[edit source | edit]

Development[edit source | edit]

On January 9, 2015, it was announced that Amazon had signed a development deal for the series which, at the time had Guillermo del Toro on board as a co-writer, executive producer, and director. The series, set to be co-written by del Toro, Travis Beacham, and Rene Echeverria, is based on a feature film spec script written by Beacham, entitled A Killing on Carnival Row. The company ordered three scripts with the expectation that if the series went into production del Toro would direct the first episode.[5] On June 6, 2016, it was reported that the production had been given a pilot order with the previously announced creative team still set to be involved.[6]

On May 10, 2017, it was announced that the production had been given a series order with Beacham and Echeverria still executive producing, and with Echeverria expected to act as showrunner. It was also announced that filmmaker Paul McGuigan would be directing the series. By this point, del Toro had stepped away from the project, as his feature film schedule did not permit him to stay on as an executive producer as the project moved forward.[7] On November 10, 2017, it was announced that filmmaker Jon Amiel had replaced McGuigan as director.[8]

On June 3, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on August 30, 2019.[9]

In July 2019, it was announced that Amazon had renewed the series for a second season.[10]

Casting[edit source | edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne had been cast in the series' two lead roles.[11][12] On September 22, 2017, it was reported that David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Indira Varma, and Tamzin Merchant had joined the main cast.[13] In October 2017, it was announced that Simon McBurney, Alice Krige, and Jared Harris had been cast in recurring roles.[14][15] On November 3, 2017, it was reported Ariyon Bakare was joining the series in a recurring capacity.[16] On December 15, 2017, it was announced that Andrew Gower and Jamie Harris had been cast in recurring roles.[17] On January 30, 2018, it was reported that Scott Reid had joined the cast as a series regular.[18] On October 8, 2018, it was reported that Anna Rust had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[19]

Filming[edit source | edit]

The series spent almost five months in pre-production before filming began. The series was shot entirely in the Czech Republic throughout 108 shooting days.[20] Principal photography began in October 2017.[21] In February 2018, it was reported that the series was filming in Prague.[22] Much of the work was done at the Barrandov Studios in Prague, while locations included the city of Liberec, the chateaux in Frýdlant and Krnsko, and at the Prachov Rocks (Prachovské skály) area.[23] Filming for the first season concluded on March 14, 2018.[20]

Production on the second season commenced in November 2019, but stopped in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of the first week of May, preparations for resumption of production were underway.[24][25]

Reception[edit source | edit]

Critical response[edit source | edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, Carnival Row holds a 55% approval rating based on 60 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building—unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on to create anything cohesive."[26] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[27]

Sam Brooks of the New Zealand-based The Spinoff noted that the premise of the show is "a mish-mash of influences and inspirations, from Neil Gaiman to Mortal Engines (the novels not the film)".[28]

Accolades[edit source | edit]

Carnival Row was nominated for Best Genre Series at the 2020 Satellite Awards.[29]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. Emma Fraser (September 6, 2019). "Look of the Week: Carnival Row's Steampunk Chic". Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. Telegraph Reporters (September 1, 2017). "Carnival Row: everything you need to know about Amazon's starry new series". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. Chavez, Danette (August 28, 2019). "Amazon's Carnival Row might work better if it went completely off the rails". AV Club. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. Sandberg, Bryn Elise (May 10, 2017). "Amazon Orders Fantasy Drama 'Carnival Row' to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (January 9, 2015). "Guillermo Del Toro & Travis Beacham's 'Carnival Row' Eyes Series Order At Amazon Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  6. Andreeva, Nellie; Jaafar, Ali (June 6, 2016). "Amazon Orders 5 Pilots from Guillermo del Toro, Amy Sherman-Palladino & Others". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2017). "'Carnival Row' Fantasy Drama From Rene Echevarria & Travis Beacham Gets Amazon Series Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  8. Sandberg, Bryn Elise (November 10, 2017). "'Carnival Row': Director Paul McGuigan Replaced on Amazon's Orlando Bloom Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  9. "Carnival Row Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne Gets Amazon Premiere Date and Fantastical Trailer". TVLine. June 3, 2019.
  10. Thorne, Will (July 27, 2019). "'Carnival Row' Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon". Variety. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  11. Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2017). "Orlando Bloom To Star In 'Carnival Row' Fantasy Drama Series For Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2017). "Cara Delevingne To Star In 'Carnival Row' Fantasy Drama Series For Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  13. Petski, Denise (September 22, 2017). "'Carnival Row': David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Indira Varma & Tamzin Merchant Join Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  14. Petski, Denise (October 9, 2017). "'Carnival Row' Casts Simon McBurney; Jonny Coyne Joins 'The Blacklist'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  15. Petski, Denise (October 12, 2017). "'Carnival Row': Alice Krige & Jared Harris Set To Recur On Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  16. Petski, Denise (November 3, 2017). "Michaela Conlin Joins 'Yellowstone'; 'Carnival Row' Casts Ariyon Bakare". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  17. Petski, Denise (December 15, 2017). "'Carnival Row': Andrew Gower & Jamie Harris Set To Recur In Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  18. "SCOTT REID WILL PLAY 'QUILL' IN AMAZON'S CARNIVAL ROW | Shepherd Management". Shepherd Management. January 30, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  19. "Interview: Actress Anna Rust on Carnival Row & Shooting in Prague". The Prague Reporter. October 8, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Strbova, Denisa (March 21, 2018). "PRODUCTION: Amazon Studios' Carnival Row Wraps Shooting in Czech Republic - FilmNewEurope.com". Film New Europe Association. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  21. Strbova, Denisa (August 31, 2017). "Amazon's Series Carnival Row to Be Shot in the Czech Republic - FilmNewEurope.com". Film New Europe Association. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  22. Harwood, Erika (March 1, 2018). "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Take Their Rekindled Romance to Prague". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  23. https://www.praguereporter.com/home/2018/3/16/carnival-row-wraps-shooting-in-prague, Carnival Row Wraps Shooting in Prague
  24. Stacy Perman, Anousha Sakoui (May 18, 2020). "After the coronavirus, the race to resume film production goes global". LATimes.com. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  25. Andreas Wiseman (May 7, 2020). "Czech Republic, Host Of Amazon's 'Carnival Row' & Marvel's 'The Falcon And The Winter Soldier', Says It Is Ready For Film & TV Resumption". Deadline. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  26. "Carnival Row: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  27. "Carnival Row". Metacritic. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  28. Sam Brooks (August 30, 2019). "Review: Carnival Row is stuck in the fantasy ghetto mud". The Spinoff. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  29. 24th Satellite Awards Announce Nominations, ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Leads the Way

External links[edit source | edit]

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