TNT Renews Powerhouse Drama "Animal Kingdom" for Season Five
Animal Kingdom Season Four, Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), Ranks Among the Top 10 Cable Dramas This Year (P18-49, L+7)
July 24, 2019 - TNT, a division of WarnerMedia Entertainment, has renewed its powerhouse drama Animal Kingdom for a fifth season. The popular series continues to grow its fanbase, reaching nearly 18 million viewers this season so far across all platforms, defying industry trends where the typical returning series is down double digits. Season four of Animal Kingdom premiered on par with the season three average and the series is one of this year's top 10 cable dramas (P18-49, L+7).
Animal Kingdom season four stars Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody crime family along with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole and Sohvi Rodriguez. Emily Deschanel also joins the cast this season in a recurring role. This season, Smurf (Barkin) is back on top reminding her boys who's boss no matter whom she hurts. Trapped with Smurf and becoming increasingly unhinged, Pope (Hatosy) has found new and dangerous ways to deal with his anger. J (Cole) continues to scheme about how to take over the family business, Craig (Robson) plots one of their most difficult heists and Deran (Weary) is worried about his future with Adrian (Spencer Treat Clark). Outsiders move in to threaten the Cody's fragile peace, including Angela (Deschanel), the former best friend of J's deceased mother and a recovering junkie, who tries to snake her way back into the family's good graces. And for the first time audiences meet a young Smurf (Leila George) and the original crew that started it all.
Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Emmy(R) winner John Wells and Eliza Clark serve as executive producers on the series. Animal Kingdom was developed for television by Jonathan Lisco and inspired by the award-winning Australian feature film written & directed by David Michad and produced by Liz Watts, who also serve as executive producers on the series.
Animal Kingdom centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J's steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena.
It isn't long before Josh is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.