TNT's “Animal Kingdom” Comes Roaring Back for Season Two

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27 May 2017
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Animal Kingdom
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“Animal Kingdom”
Season Premiere Tuesday, May 30 at 9 PM ET/PT on TNT
 
          The Codys are back, and the ties that bind them are about to be stretched to the limit when TNT's hit “Animal Kingdom” returns for its second season. The series about a Southern California crime family and stars Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody clan, Scott Speedman as her second in command and Shawn Hatosy as her volatile, mentally unstable eldest son. Also starring are Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Molly Gordon and Carolina Guerra.

          On the season premiere, "Eat What You Kill," a risky heist misfires. The boys blame Smurf which sends shockwaves through the family.

 

          As season two begins, the Cody clan is back to their old ways and in the midst of a fun, high-adrenaline heist.  But when things don’t go as planned, the family dynamics become more fractured than ever as some members advocate for independence from Smurf. Adding fuel to the fire is an external threat from Smurf's past that has come back to haunt her.

          In season one, 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole) moved in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother overdoses on heroin. He finds himself in the care of his estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin), a woman who rules her sons with a firm but, at times, emotionally incestuous hand. Her second in command is Barry “Baz” Blackwell (Speedman)   whose power and position in the family is threatened by the return of Pope (Hatosy), Smurf's eldest son just released from prison.

          Smurf's tough, impulsive middle son, Craig (Robson), has a drug problem beginning to cloud his judgment and endanger the rest of the family, and Deran (Weary), the troubled and suspicious "baby" of the family struggles with accepting his sexual identity. Hovering on the edge of this less-than-idyllic household are J's girlfriend, Nicky Belmont (Gordon) and Baz's daughter, Lena. It isn't long after J's arrival that he finds his place within the dangerous family, a sense of belonging that he earns at the conclusion of season one.

 
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