There hasn’t been a lot of buzz about AMC’s upcoming series Feed the Beast, and AMC is hoping to change that by changing its premiere date. The series, originally slotted to premiere May 31st, will now debut after Preacher’s third episode on Sunday, June 5th. After that, Feed the Beast will move into its regular Tuesday timeslot.
But the bigger question for most TV viewers is … what exactly is this show Feed the Beast? Well, it stars David Schwimmer (who, let’s be real, needs no introduction) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) as two best friends who pursue their dream of opening a restaurant (in the Bronx, no less). Both have had issues with addiction, though, and in the case of Sturgess’s Dion, a lot of financial issues that include money owed to the wrong kinds of people. As the extended trailer also shows, Schwimmer’s Tommy has a son who has not spoken a word since he witnessed his mother being killed in a hit and run.
So, with all of that emotional intensity as its basis, Feed the Beast also looks like it will include a hefty amount of food porn, and will be juxtaposing its high-brow wine tastings and gourmet fixin’s with some gritty drama. Check out the new trailer below:
The trailer doesn’t do a lot to really inspire confidence in the series, truth be told. The editing pieces things together in a way that doesn’t flow naturally, and the dialogue feels stilted (and the score … what is that score?) But trailers aren’t the end all be all, and Feed the Beast could be better than it looks.
We’ll have a review of the series soon, but in the meantime, here’s the series synopsis below. As mentioned above, Feed the Beast premieres Sunday, June 5th after Preacher, and will then air its second episode in its regular Tuesday time slot of 10 p.m. on June 7th.
“Feed the Beast” tells the story of Tommy (Schwimmer) and Dion (Sturgess) who are like brothers. With all the love – and all the complications – that comes with it. Dion can’t stay out of trouble. Tommy can’t move past it. For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around.
The cast also includes includes Michael Gladis (“Mad Men,” “House of Lies”), as Patrick Woichik, aka The Tooth Fairy, the soft spoken, brutally intimidating local mobster with a penchant for pulling teeth; Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno, Sex Ed), as Pilar Herrera, a woman who meets Tommy in a grief group, and is desperately searching for true love; Christine Adams (Batman Begins, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), as Tommy’s late wife Rie Moran, John Doman (“The Wire,” “The Affair”), as Tommy’s father Aidan Moran, a shrewd and ruthless businessman and unapologetic racist; and Elijah Jacob (“Spot On”) as Tommy’s ten year old son TJ Moran.”