Monday, July 21, 2014

A+E makes it official: Houdini airs September 1 & 2 at 9pm

Photo: Colin Hutton / History (click to enlarge).

This won't be news to anyone who reads this blog, but  A+E Networks have officially announced that the Houdini miniseries will air on September 1 & 2 at 9pm ET/PT on HISTORY. They've also released a nice new still photo (above). Here is the official press release:

Iron Will Made Him Famous,

Genius Made Him Legendary…

Academy Award Winner® Adrien Brody Stars in


Two-Night Miniseries-Event Premieres

September 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY®

New York, NY – July 21, 2014 – HOUDINI, a new two-night scripted miniseries airing on September 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY®, is the story of a man who can defy death, but who really was the man behind the escapes? The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar.

From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Ehrich Weiss rose to become a household name across the globe – Houdini. Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists, and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. A thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, HOUDINI delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions, and his mastery of illusion.

Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin the Woods) as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry’s life and right hand when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Book of Eli, Gangster Squad) as Jim Collins, Harry’s assistant and confidant.

HOUDINI is a Lionsgate/A+E Studios Co-Production. Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg, Family of Spies) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine) serve as executive producers of HOUDINI. Academy Award® nominated Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution) is writer and Academy Award® nominated director Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Hotel Adlon) helms HOUDINI. Academy Award® winning veteran Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus) is production designer and Karl Walter Lindenlaub, whose work ranges from American blockbusters (Independence Day) to award-winning art house movies (Black Book) is cinematographer. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

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  1. Note the picture of President McKinley in the background of that photo. Tells us this is most-likely 1899, probably Chicago or San Francisco.

  2. Nice photo. Adrien Brody is 6 feet tall, so it looks like they may have made him appear shorter in this scene. Which, if correct, is a good idea. His 'puppy dog' expression still bugs me, especially in this pose. Houdini was the opposite of that, he always had a look of confidence and determination, particularly when chained.

    1. I was also thinking that about his height in this photo and, yes, the 'puppy dog' look... Well said. Bugs me as well. The opposite of Houdini.

  3. Brody is a wonderful actor and I'm sure will do a great job. This might just simply be his 'go-to' expression. But, gee whiz, would it kill him to just lower that brow?!

  4. Do we know anyone that was the prop master or historian for the show?
    I am surprised that I heard nothing about this from the handcuff collecting community.

    1. It was David Merlini.