'The Romanoffs', an Amazon Prime first original series that is set to premiere a new episode every Friday, recently revealed a sneak peek to this week's forthcoming episode.
Titled 'Expectations', the episode in the anthology series that is produced and directed by Emmy-winner Matthew Weiner, showcases a single day in New York City where a woman is confronted with every lie she ever told. Written by Semi Chellas, this episode stars Amanda Peet, John Slattery, Emily Rudd, Jon Tenney, Mary Kay Place, and Michael O’Neill.
Over a single day in New York City, a woman is confronted with every lie she ever told. Amanda Peet, @JonTenney and John Slattery star in a new original story this Friday on Amazon @PrimeVideo. #TheRomanoffs pic.twitter.com/GiEINLsmtD— The Romanoffs (@TheRomanoffs) October 23, 2018
This weekend, the Amazon show comes to New York City for a 90-minute episode that takes viewers on an upper Manhattan day trip of sorts, as reported by AM New York.
Told through the eyes of a soon-to-be grandmother (Amanda Peet) who’s having one seriously rough afternoon, 'Expectation' includes a drop-in at Bergdorf Goodman and other Fifth Avenue shops, Columbus Circle views and a quick trip to the airport. Filming in New York City "makes me feel like I won the lottery … but honestly, if Matt had set it in Cincinnati, I would’ve gone there too," Peet, who plays Olivia Wells, says. On a Wednesday afternoon earlier this Month, she and her co-star Jon Tenney chatted about the series at The Whitby Hotel, walking distance from where their episode filmed.
As a New Yorker herself, Peet felt right at home shooting on the city’s streets. "I was a kid walking around and every now and then I'd see a film set and be filled with wonder and awe. It’s always pretty crazy to drive up and see that there’s a trailer there for me," she says.
Peet shares screentime with Tenney ('The Closer') in the episode, of which little plot points have been revealed ahead of its release. As with all episodes of Weiner’s series, one or more characters have an incredibly loose tie to the infamous Romanov family executed in 1918.
"We’re a married couple and our daughter is about to have a baby," Tenney says. "We’re about to be grandparents for the first time and that’s a crisis point in our lives that sets off a lot of the action in the story that takes place over one day."
The episode stars Emily Rudd as Peet and Tenney’s daughter. 'Mad Men' alum John Slattery has a major role, too. But we can’t tell you much more about that. Both Tenney and Peet admit they knew just as little as you do about the series when signing onto the project, but say throwing their trust in Weiner was easy.
"He’s very exacting and he has a strong point of view and knows what he wants. There was some relief in that," Peet says. Agreeing, Tenney adds it was the 'Mad Men' aesthetic that hooked him to 'The Romanoffs' project.
'The Romanoffs' is the first anthology series for Prime Video that rolls out on a weekly basis and will be available initially in the original version in over 200 countries and territories, with dubbed foreign language versions coming in early 2019. With new episodes released weekly, on Fridays, 'The Romanoffs' features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
Set in seven countries around the globe, the series was shot on location in three continents collaborating with local productions and creative talent across Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. Each story takes place in a new location with a new cast.
The cast is also full of 'Mad Men' alums. Christina Hendricks and John Slattery both star in the series. Other cast members include Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, and Paul Reiser.
The accomplished collaborators on 'The Romanoffs' co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner ('The Bernie Mac Show'), Emmy winner Blake McCormick ('Mad Men') and Kathy Ciric ('Z: The Beginning of Everything'); along with consulting producers/writers and Emmy winners Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton (both from 'Mad Men'). In total, Deadline reports there are 14 Mad Men alums on the show's creative team.
Of course, the Romanov family was the last dynasty to rule Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. In July of 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children and remaining loyal servants were executed, a slaughter that has, over the years, inspired conspiracy theories, including the myth that Nicholas and Alexandra's daughter Anastasia survived the attack. Weiner's unconventional spelling of the Russian surname reportedly reflects both the pronunciation and how it was spelled up until recently.
"We're at a place in our history where people are looking for a close connection to their roots, and for some kind of revelation about who they are," Weiner explained to Variety. "There's great debate about who is a Romanoff and what happened to the Romanoffs. The story for me is that we're all questioning who we are and who we say we are."
Watch the trailer to 'The Romanoffs' here: