Following the brilliant but unstable Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) and the staff of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early twentieth century, The Knick remains one of my absolute favourite TV shows of the modern era. After two seasons consisting of twenty episodes, all of which were directed by Steven Soderbergh, Cinemax elected to cancel the series, much to my disappointment. The original plan was for The Knick to undergo something of a soft reboot every two seasons, with a new director stepping in to shape the course of the series, but the cancellation seemed to have put that idea to rest.
But, it seems as though there’s still life left in The Knick as Steven Soderbergh told The Playlist that Andre Holland and Barry Jenkins are developing a potential third season of the series. Holland played Dr. Algernon Edwards in the first two seasons of the show, the assistant chief surgeon at the Knick who encounters discrimination from both his fellows doctors and the patients themselves. “Yeah. [André] and Barry took that on,” Soderbergh confirmed. “I told them, ‘Look, I had, I had my shot. Godspeed, take it in whatever direction you want.’” Soderbergh suggested that he would be involved as an executive producer and also confirmed that original creators/writers/showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler were involved as well and had already written a pilot episode.
[André and Barry] came up with a really great approach with Jack and Michael. And that seems to be advancing rapidly. I just read the pilot, which is terrific.
It’s not clear if Barry Jenkins would direct the entire season as Soderbergh did or just parts of it, but it’s still too early to say if this new incarnation of The Knick will get the official nod at all. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.