Aug 8 2014 8:30am

Drug-Addicted and Brilliant: Clive Owen Stars in The Knick

It's a Friday in August, so it's time to break the fourth wall and talk about something that isn't necessarily romance, but is a passion.

As a Clive Owen fan who's been disappointed by many of Clive's cinematic choices, it seems like there might be hope in the new series premiering on Cinemax tonight called The Knick. Directed by Stephen Soderbergh (who brought us Magic Mike, remember!), The Knick revolves around “the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics...Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite his secret addiction to cocaine.”

The Knick takes place in 1900—but in New York City, not England, so although it shares its fashions and innovations with the Edwardian era, it is a starkly different place. The world was advancing toward the advent of WWI, Kodak introduced its “Brownie” camera, and work began on the New York City subway system (completed in 1904).

Cinemax has already renewed The Knick for Season 2, and Soderbergh has signed on to direct the episodes, so it seems that this might actually be worthy of Clive Owen's considerable talent (even though, once again, he is sporting an unfortunate moustache—but this time it's period-appropriate).

Many of you have your own Clive Owen—someone you will see whatever they're in, no matter how unappealing it sounds (speaking of which, Richard Armitage stars in Into the Storm, opening today). Who's yours? 

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K.M. Jackson
1. kwanawrites
Everytime I see ad for The Knick I think of you, Megan. I will be watching. From the ads it has a Copper feel which I enjoyed. I also hope to see Into the Storm. Lots of viewing to look forward to.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@kwanawrites Aww! So glad you're thinking of me. It does have a Copper feel, which worries me (the husband dubbed it "Crapper"), but I hope it's better than that.
K.M. Jackson
3. kwanawrites
Oh no I don't like it when me and he dissagree. Oh well. It happens. I still enjoy my Coppper. Missing Freeman now come to think of it.
Kelly Schnorrbusch
4. Angylbayb
I'll watch anything withColin Farrell. I even sat through the abysmally boring The New World, just because he looked like the cover model of a romance novel.
5. lisaione
I am looking forward to this show also. Gotta love me some Clive.

My anything anytime anywhere guy though is Toby Stephens. I'll even watch commercials if I recognize his voice.
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