Travis Beacham Explains Evolution of Carnival Row

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Twitter user Shannon Corbeil asked Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham (pictured above with actress Tamzin Merchant who plays Imogen Spurnrose on the fantasy noir series) how the script called A Killing on Carnival Row for a full length feature film Beacham wrote in 2005 ended up as an Amazon Prime series coming out in 2019.

Beacham was happy to answer in a series of tweets and it’s an interesting read!

1) So Carnival Row was a short film I wrote in film school, wanting to direct. Born from a litany of bizarre influences. Dickens, The Third Man, Brassaï, Jack the Ripper lore, Celtic mythology, etc. But to my chagrin, the faculty balked at making it.

2) My screenwriting teacher convinced me to write the feature. This felt like the height of indulgence. I ADORED it but could not imagine anyone else would. It was so dense & weird. Then an alumni interning in LA asked me to send it to him, which I did, thinking nothing of it.

3) A month or so later, he calls me (still in film school) and says, “You should know you’re going to start getting phone calls.” And my life, truly, was never the same after that. Within a year, I had agents, I’d met Guillermo del Toro, and Carnival Row was on the Black List.

4) It was very warmly received in Hollywood, and sold to New Line, but quickly proved almost impossible to make for a host of dull reasons. So it became kind of a sacrificial lamb in my mind. This pure thing I loved intensely that had to die so I could have a career.

5) And it really was very dead. But it kept coming up. Years later, I’d still get asked in meetings, “Carnival Row, I loved that script. What’s going on with that one?” And I’d have to force a smile & say, “Oh I don’t know,” while thinking — you are never going to see that one.

6) But at some point, shortly after I took a bit of a thumping on an unrelated pilot experience, Legendary acquires Carnival Row from New Line. And Thomas Tull calls to ask, “So what do you think about making this as a tv show?” And like that, it wasn’t dead anymore.

7) Finally, we shopped it around. Amazon happily snapped it up. We wrote it. Hired a crew. Found a cast. Went to Prague. Built the Row. Shot the whole thing. And it’s coming out on August 30th, in open defiance of the natural order. #CarnivalRow

8) And I don’t know what lessons there are to draw. It’s still so surreal to me that it’s happening. I know people reach for comparisons b/c they have to, I guess, but to me it’s this thing that’s been in my life for ages and is suddenly real. Which is the craziest part.

(Source: Travis Beacham on Twitter)

 

Carnival Row Press Reviews

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  • 15 August 2019: Merrill Barr for Forbes Magazine

Created by Travis Beacham and René Echevarria, Carnival Row takes place on an alternate earth where fae and other mythical creatures roam under the sneering eye of mankind, who have systematically decimated their kind bit by bit. And the tension is only growing as a string of murders within the mythic community seeks to undo what little peace remains.

What makes Carnival Row work is its commitment to launching into this kind of world with fleshed-out ideas. Since the series is choosing to take the path of claiming the world is as it is and not going the route of having the creatures be revealed as having lived in secret for generations, more care needed to be taken into crafting a world that feels lived in. And that care is clear and present from the first frame.

There will be those that try and compare the series to Netflix’s lackluster feature film attempt at this idea, Bright. But, where that film failed is where Carnival Row succeeds. There is never a moment of adjustment with the show. Once you’re in, you’re in. Very quickly, one stops viewing the characters as creatures and just starts viewing them as personalities, and that is no small feat.

Additionally, not only are the technical aspects just some of the most gorgeous artistry on television right now, the story is very followable, which is something many shows like this have a problem with. Audiences should have as easy a time getting into this world as they did for the likes of The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.

(Source: Forbes)

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  • 14 August 2019: Richard Trenholm for c|net

One of the […] subplots is a regency-style drama about venal aristocrats distressed to find they must share their fashionable address with a horned and hoofed newcomer. Tamzin Merchant sinks her teeth into the role of a spiteful ingenue whose naive games descend into darkness.

The whole thing is underpinned by layers of subtext dealing with racism, immigration and colonialism […] and weave[s] timely themes in among the pseudo-historical shenanigans and lurid action, taking in those who grease the wheels of oppression for their own benefit and a society that denigrates others while secretly enjoying their company.

A second season has already been confirmed, and the series does end strongly with seismic changes for the fantasy city.

(Source: c|net)

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  • 15 August 2019: Alex Maidy for JoBlo

David Gyasi portrays Agreus who develops a relationship with the human Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) to the chagrin of her brother Ezra (Andrew Gower). We also see the animosity from the police forces and political leadership, including Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris) and his wife Piety (Indira Varma). The cast here truly are an ensemble with even relative newcomers Anna Rust and Karla Crome fleshing out their supporting roles.

[…] it is the character work led by Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne that makes this show interesting. If not for seeing characters with horns in almost every scene, you could easily take this as a period drama dealing with political and racial themes in a real world setting. As a testament to Travis Beacham‘s original story, Carnival Row comes across as a fully realized world that doesn’t play like anything else currently on television.

(Source: JoBlo)

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Carnival Row: Ezra Quote Card

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Today, we received this Ezra Spurnrose quote card via the official Carnival Row Twitter and Instagram account.

Andrew Gower shared the tweet telling us which decision to take.

15 days until Carnival Row comes exclusively to Amazon Prime! Visit our Gallery for more pictures!

Carnival Row Screening LA

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Carnival Row just announced an exclusive screening event at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles (CA) next Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 7:30pm – 9 days before the official release on Amazon Prime.

To attend, you only need to email them here! Good luck!

Carnival Row: Character Card Ezra Spurnrose

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Andrew Gower posted this character card officially introducing his Carnival Row character Ezra Spurnrose on his Instagram today.

23 days until Carnival Row is released exclusively on Amazon Prime!

Visit our Gallery for more Behind the Scenes and Official Artwork for Carnival Row!

Carnival Row: Season 2 in Pre-Production

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Judging by the latest posts by Carnival Row‘s writer/producer Travis Beacham and writer Marc Guggenheim pre-production for Amazon Prime show’s second season is well under way. It also looks like after experiencing “The Beast from the East” in the Czech Republic while filming season one, production is now headed for warmer locations.

The pictures shared by Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim show the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Fantasy fans might recognize the town on the Adriatic sea as the set of King’s Landing in HBO hit series Game of Thrones, the show that has been suggested Carnival Row is replacing.

Carnival Row season 1 will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime on Friday 30 August 2019. We have no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose for another season.

New Carnival Row Teaser feat. Ezra Spurnrose

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Following the announcement that another season of Carnival Row is in the works, Amazon also released another teaser trailer and this one finally gave us the first official look at Ezra Spurnrose played by Andrew Gower.

Watch this gif of the short sequence that features Ezra with his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant).

You can watch the entire trailer here:

Visit our Gallery for more pictures from Carnival Row including screencaps from the trailer and Andrew’s sequence!

Carnival Row Season 2 Confirmed

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Great news as it is now official: Carnival Row has been picked up for a second season by Amazon and it’s already in development!

The signs have been there for a while from head writer Travis Beacham mentioning talks about another season back in February 2019 to the addition of writer Marc Bernadin to the writing team in March 2019 after principal photography for season 1 had ended.

Variety and Deadline reporting the news now confirms all previous speculation. Big congratulations to the entire cast and crew on this amazing accomplishment (34 days before the release of the show’s first season)!

Unfortunately there is no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose.

Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime on 30 August 2019!

Carnival Row: Philo’s and Vignette’s Story

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For everyone not being able to attend San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Amazon Prime have released two brand new trailers for their upcoming fantasy series Carnival Row, giving us a more detailed look into this new world and its two main characters, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom).

The eight-part series, from René Echevarria, Travis Beacham and Legendary Television, is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. The growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row. […]

David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Indira Varma, Tamzin Merchant and Simon McBurney also star, and Andrew Gower and Jamie Harris recur.

(Source: Deadline)

Carnival Row will launch in a world wide release on 30 August 2019 on Amazon Prime.

  • Philo’s Story
  • Vignette’s Story

Visit our Gallery for more pictures from Carnival Row including screencaps from both trailers!

Amazon Prime Day Concert feat. Carnival Row

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Amazon Prime is promoting its annual Amazon Prime Day and its Amazon Music subscription service with a special concert featuring Taylor Swift on Wednesday 10 July 2019. Prime Members can watch the concert, which will take place in an unknown location in New York City, live at 9:00pm ET (2:00am BST / 3:00am CET). It will also be available to Prime members to stream on-demand after the live show for a limited time with select songs from each performance.

The two-hour special will also feature live performances by Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G. The “Prime Day Concert” will be hosted by comedian-actress Jane Lynch.

Why is this important to us?

During the 2019 Prime Day Concert, Amazon will promote “Carnival Row,” the upcoming Amazon original fantasy drama series starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, slated to premiere Aug. 30.

(Source: Variety)

Let’s hope Amazon Prime will not only make parts of the concert available to watch later on but also the (presumably) new material they’re releasing for Carnival Row, and hopefully it will give us a first look at Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose!


ETA:

In addition to the concert in New York City, there will also be concerts in London (UK) featuring Rita Ora on 10 July 7:45pm at a “secret location in East London” and at “Muffathalle” in Munich (Germany) with performances by Die Fantastischen Vier and Clueso on Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 6:00pm (CET).

The majority of tickets to the event are being reserved exclusively for Prime members who are invited to enter the competition from today for a chance to win a pair at www.amazon.co.uk/primedayparty. There will also be a limited number of tickets at the door on the day – available to everyone on a first come, first served basis.

The same promotional content for Amazon Prime’s upcoming and returning series, including Carnival Row, is expected during the live streaming of both concerts.

German Release Date for Carnival Row

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The German website film.tv has some new information on Carnival Row, Andrew’s upcoming fantasy series.

According to film.tv, Amazon Prime will release a German dubbed version on their streaming platform on Friday, 22 November 2019 after the world wide release of the English original on Friday, 30 August 2019.

Their news article also gives some additional clues about Ezra Spurnrose, Andrew’s character:

Andrew Gower (Outlander – Die Highland Saga) als Ezra Spurnose, der neurotische Sohn eines wohlhabenden Uhrmachers, der kürzlich das Vermögen seines verstorbenen Vaters bei dem gefährliche Unternehmen verzockt hat, Wanderarbeiter aus den Heimatländern der Feen zu überführen

(Source: film.tv)

Translation:

Andrew Gower (Outlander) plays Ezra Spurnrose, the neurotic son of a prosperous watchmaker, who’s lately gambled his deceased father’s fortune on the considerably more risky enterprise of ferrying migrant workers from the fae homelands.

Ezra sounds more and more like a great character for Andrew to play, doesn’t he?

Read more German news about Carnival Row on film.tv:

Carnival Row Heading to SDCC

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With a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Carnival Row, Amazon Prime Video have announced that they will present the fantasy-noir series at San Diego Comic Con in July this year.

Doors will open at 7:30pm on Saturday, 20 July 2019 at 450 2nd Ave (San Diego, CA) for a pre-party, followed by a 9:00pm screening.

According to show creator Travis Beacham’s Twitter, he will be accompanied by Carnival Row‘s main cast Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne as well as Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi and writer Marc Guggenheim.

Andrew Gower plays recurring character Ezra Spurnrose on Carnival Row. We’re still waiting to see some official material of him in character while actor Brian Caspe has already been confirmed for the show’s second season.


ETA:

The Carnival Row panel will take place in Ballroom 20 at SDCC on 19 July 2019 at 4:45 pm!

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Carnival Row: Official Artwork

carnivalrow_20190603165124The official Carnival Row Instagram account has now also released a first series of official artwork for Andrew Gower‘s upcoming fantasy-noir series which will premier on 30 August 2019 on Amazon Prime starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

Visit our Gallery for more Carnival Row pictures!

Carnival Row: First Look and Release Date

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After the Carnival Row Writers Room account on Instagram has been teasing new material for the upcoming Amazon Prime series, we have been finally give a first teaser trailer and a release date.

>>> 30 August 2019 <<<

We expect this to be a world wide release and the series is included in a Prime membership.

Watch the full teaser trailer here:

Carnival Row in Final Editing

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According to actor Ryan Hayes‘s Instagram, who will play Constable Hatch in Andrew‘s upcoming fantasy-noir series Carnival Row, the Amazon Prime production is in its final stages! The actor was called in for an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) session which is usually done towards the end of the editing and post-production process.

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne will star in the series that is scheduled to be released later this year.

With his roles in the upcoming final season of Poldark, Carnival Row and his guest appearance on Midsomer Murders, fans of Andrew Gower really have a lot to look forward to this year!

Is Carnival Row the new Game of Thrones?

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Is Carnival Row the new Game of Thrones? WMagazine thinks so!

In their article, they make a strong case for it:

[U]nlike Thrones, Carnival Row will take place in a vaguely futuristic city (albeit with Victorian-era touches, in a steampunk sort of way), and instead of ongoing wars and battle scenes, it will instead take on the form of a neo-noir mystery. Still, there’s not only enough that appears to be in the show’s DNA (including magical creatures and scheming members of a ruling upper class) to hook Thrones fans, but a few familiar faces from the Thrones cast will appear as well (in addition to veterans of the Outlander, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Misfits franchises).

What is Carnival Row even about?

Essentially, it’s a fantasy series about the tensions of an immigration crisis.

It all takes place in the “neo-Victorian” city of Burgue, a city dominated by humans, but tensions emerge when magical creatures like elves and faeries start fleeing to the city as refugees once war breaks out in their homeland. As seems to be unfortunately natural to humans, they don’t react too kindly to the outsiders. To make matters worse, a bunch of the newly arrived faeries end up murdered, including at least one faerie showgirl in the part of the city known as the titular “Carnival Row.” Most of the humans don’t really seem to care until a lone detective decides to take up the case. [Orlando] Bloom plays that detective, named Rycroft Philostrate, while [Cara] Delevingne plays a faerie known as Vignette Stonemoss.[…]

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Who else is in the cast?

Indira Varma [Ellaria Sand, Game of Thrones] plays Piety Breakspear, who is described as “the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of the Burgue.” […]

Misfits vet Karla Crome plays another faerie with a gift for poetry who is forced to work in a brothel to survive.

Our Andrew Gower gets a mention, too!

[…] Tamzin Merchant [Running Naked, Ark], the actress who was originally cast as Daenerys in Throne‘s ill-fated original pilot episode, also has a major role.

Merchant (Salem) and Andrew Gower (Outlander) play brother and sister Imogen and Ezra Spurnrose. They hail from a wealthy family that’s falling on tough times, so they enter a business deal with a “Puck” who has moved across the street. And, in a bit of a taboo move, Imogen may or may not be falling in love with that Puck.

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Read the full article here!

Watch Andrew Play Football!

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If you ever wanted to see Andrew play football (and we know you do!) here’s your chance!

Ross Owen of The Ross Owen Show is organizing a charity football match for the Airdrie Community Trust and Andrew has agreed to join the “Legends” team who will play against the AllStar team on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.

Pre-match entertainment starts at 11am and includes X-Factor’s Garry Greig and Mark the Piper. Kick-off is at 1pm.

Scott Reid (Carnival Row), Outlander alumni Scott Kyle and Richard Rankin are among the other players announced for the tournament.

Tickets (adults – £10, children – £5) are available online and at the stadium.

For more information visit the website or contact Ross Owen on Twitter!

 

New Writer for Carnival Row

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Good news as a second season of Carnival Row seems more and more likely to happen – as incredible as it sounds with so little information about season 1.

Only a few months away from the 10th anniversary of the Battlestar Galactica finale airing, actress Tricia Helfer presents a podcast called “Battlestar GalactiCast” in which she revisists episodes of the show with her co-host, journalist and writer Marc Bernadin.

In their latest editon, Marc Bernadin now revealed that he most recently joined the writing team for Carnival Row, which – he says – comes to Amazon Video “at some point later this year”. Assuming season 1 is well into post-production by now, this can only mean the team is already busy with developing the next season.

Of course, there is no way of confirming whether Andrew will renew his role as Ezra Spurnrose for another season but we feel this is a strong indicator that the producers at Amazon Video feel very confident about their new series.

You can listen to the “Battlestar GalactiCast” Season 1 Episode 12 on Spotify:

 

Update on Running Naked

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We found a small update on Running Naked, the movie Andrew filmed last summer alongside Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Black Work) and Tamzin Merchant (Carnival Row, Ark), and directed by Victor Buhler, on the production company’s website:

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(Source: NoW Films)

Great to hear post-productions is going well and that we should be able to see Running Naked later in 2019. Together with the release of Midsomer Murders (UK premiere), Poldark and Carnival Row, this is shaping up to be a great year for all of Andrew’s fans!

Season 2 for Carnival Row?

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According to writer Travis Beacham, Andrew‘s upcoming series Carnival Row starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, is in talks for a second season already. After all the buzz the show has already created over the past one and a half years since production was announced, this is hardly suprising and proof we are really in for a treat and Amazon Studios like the material they’ve got from season one.

Let’s just hope we’ll get to see some of that material as well soon!

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Talkin’ about s2 ✌️🤞🤫

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Carnival Row: Initial Concept Art

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Award winning art director and production designer Frank Walsh shared two pieces of initial concept art for episode 4 of Carnival Row on his website. Follow this link to see them!

We’re also intrigued by the promise of an official trailer coming “soon” here. Fingers crossed it’ll be really soon!

Last week of filming Carnival Row

Carnival Row‘s Travis Beacham shared these two shots from the “final week on set“.

Let’s hope it really is the final “final” week of filming and we’ll soon have more news, pictures, trailers and a release date for the upcoming Amazon Prime show!


ETA:

Orlando Bloom and Travis Beacham have both confirmed via Instagram that Carnival Row has wrapped filming (again) this morning at 4am.

Carnival Row resumes Reshoot

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It appears that filming for the first season of Carnival Row has resumed in Prague (Czech Republic).

Especially lead actor Orlando Bloom and writer/producer Travis Beacham are keeping fans updated on the show’s progress through their respective Instagram accounts.

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The goddess… A faerie shrine on #CarnivalRow

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Snow on the Row… (photo by @mariajgvt)

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We’re loving the hint about a “next season” in this last post!

Follow Andrew Gower Fans on Instagram for the complete footage of everything Andrew and Carnival Row!

 

Watch out for Carnival Row!

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We’re still waiting for a release date, a first teaser trailer or even some official promo pictures but Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Tamzin Merchant and Andrew Gower, is surely creating a lot of buzz already. Several websites in different languages have put it on their lists of “shows to look out for in 2019”!

Follow one of the links to read the news in your language:

  • Río NegroLas series que se vienen en el 2019 (21 December 2018)
  • Quartzy – All the 2019 movies and TV shows you need to know about (27 December 2018)
  • Dziennik Lodzki – Seriale 2019: Premiery Netflix, HBO, VoD Disney, DC Universe, Amazon. Czy Wiedźmin strąci „Grę…” z tronu?
  • BT.com – TV preview: Which shows should you look out for 2019? (29 December 2018)
  • Glamour Paris – Les 28 séries les plus attendues de 2019 (31 December 2018)
  • The Sunday Post – Line of Duty, The Crown, Killing Eve, Game of Thrones, Curfew and Carnival Row: The TV to watch out for in 2019 (01 January 2019)
  • Snob.ru – Сожительствующие вампиры, маленький Антихрист и исповедь перед казнью. 10 самых ожидаемых сериалов 2019 года (3 January 2019)
  • Caracol Radio – La hora de la verdad para las series de 2019: ‘Game of Thrones’ ¿y qué más? (3 January 2019)
  • Melty.fr – Roswell New Mexico, Sex Education, The Passage… Les nouveautés séries qui vont nous faire kiffer en 2019 (3 January 2019)
  • HomeCinema Magazine – Streamingdiensten: het verleden, het heden en de toekomst (4 January 2019)
  • Intex-Press – Топ-10. Какие сериалы смотреть в 2019 году (5 January 2019)
  • Kleine ZeitungNiemand verlässt das Haus! Game of Thrones & Co: Ein Ausblick auf das Streamingjahr 2019 (5 January 2019)
  • El País – Las series que marcarán 2019 (6 January 2019)
  • Konbini – Les 25 nouvelles séries qui vont crever l’écran en 2019 (8 January 2019)
  • Deutschlandfunk – Neue deutsche Serienwelle (8 January 2019)
  • Zimbio – Predicting The Most Anticipated New Shows Of 2019

We’ll update the list if and as soon as we find new links – and you can help us! Please e-mail us if you find more links / information about Carnival Row! Your help is so greatly appreciated!

Carnival Row: Filming again in Prague

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According to the Daily Mail* and confirmed by several Instagram posts from cast and crew, Carnival Row is being filmed again in Prague.

* (Caution! Article contains a number of set photos preparing filming a rather gruesome scene)

It seems they’re doing some reshoots for Season 1 of the fantasy-noir series which is set to be released some time in 2019 on Amazon Prime.

  • Travis Beacham, one of the show’s creators, scouting new filming locations in the Czech Republic.

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On recce in the Czech countryside… #carnivalrow

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  • Lubomir Bachraty, part of the camera department, posted this picture on his Instagram. In the comments he explains that “some pieces [of Carnival Row] are still missing”.
  • Orlando Bloom, who stars as Rycroft Philostrate, posted this selfie with his dog Mighty from the set of Carnival Row.

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jet lag got us 🇨🇿 #bts #carnivalrow #setlife

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  • Arty Froushan (who plays Jonah Breakspeare) shared this set selfie with Instagram. Pictured on the right is fellow actor Waj Ali (Constable Berwick).

 

Carnival Row BtS photo

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A year ago today…

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Travis Beacham shared this Behind the Scenes shot from the set of Carnival Row again on his Instagram today. He already shared it earlier this year on 3 April 2018 but we have it confirmed now that it shows indeed (as previously speculated) Andrew Gower on the right, with Tamzin Merchant and Cara Delevingne on the left.

According to Travis Beacham filming this scene took place at the Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic) one year ago today.

Find more Behind the Scenes footage in our Gallery!

Actress Anna Rust on Carnival Row & Shooting in Prague

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The Prague Reporter interviewed Prague born British actress Anna Rust who’ll be playing Fleury in Andrew’s upcoming series Carnival Row.

What can audiences expect to see in Carnival Row?

A great story, brilliant cast and an absolute and utter visual delight. It’s set in a fictional neo-Victorian fantasy world, in which humans and mythical creatures live alike, and follows the investigation of the murder of a fairy showgirl on Carnival Row. It has a somewhat film-noir feel to it. There’s nothing quite like this show.

Can you tell me anything about your character, Fleury?

Fleury is a mischievous fairy living on Carnival Row. You’ll have to wait till 2019 to find out more!

Carnival Row is set in a fantasy world full of mythical creatures; how much of that did you get to experience on set through practical effects & set design?

The majority of filming took place in a studio, which meant most of the sets were built uniquely for the show. The set designers added so much detail to every part of the world – just stepping onto those sets was magical.

Carnival Row shot for six months in Prague. What kept the cast & crew busy when not filming?

A lot of us weren’t permanently in Prague so we shuttled between the U.K. and Prague whenever needed, but when we had downtime, we did lots of lovely dinners, get-togethers, drinks… As we soon realised, Prague has no shortage of great places to go out!

(Source & full interview: The Prague Reporter)

Carnival Row: International Press

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The Austrian online paper “Kleine Zeitung” also reported about the “Amazon Prime Presents” event at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London this week (English summary below):

Ganz vorne mit dabei ist sicher “Carnival Row“: Die von René Echevarria und Travis Beacham entwickelte Serie, die kommendes Jahr bei Prime Video starten soll, handelt von einer magischen Welt, in der mythische Kreaturen ihre Heimat verlassen müssen und auch eine gute Portion Krimi mit von der Partie ist. “Mir war einfach wichtig, dass dabei auch gesellschaftspolitische Themen verhandelt werden”, sah Cara Delevingne eine Parallele zwischen Fiktion und Realität. “Immigration ist allgegenwärtig, und man muss darüber diskutieren.”

Ähnlich sah es ihr Co-Star Bloom, könne man mit dieser “Fantasywelt” doch einen “Blick von außen auf unsere Gesellschaft” werfen. “‘Carnival Row‘ ist dabei wie nichts, was ich zuvor gelesen habe.” Viktorianische Einflüsse seien ebenso dabei wie Steampunk-Anleihen. “Und letztlich können wir in diesem Rahmen größere Fragen verhandeln.” Delevingne, die eine Fee spielt, sieht in ihrer Rolle auch eine “Empfehlung” an die Menschheit. “Dieses Volk nimmt nur von der Natur, was es braucht, gibt aber auch etwas zurück. Außerdem ist sie eine Überlebende, sie kämpft, ganz egal was man ihr entreißt.”

Für beide Schauspieler sind es die ersten Gehversuche im Serienfach. “Es war toll, mit vier verschiedenen Regisseuren zusammenzuarbeiten”, so Bloom. “Dadurch bekommst du immer wieder einen neuen Zugang zu dieser Story, was eine echte Entwicklung nach sich zieht. Diese Flexibilität habe ich sehr genossen, es war gleichzeitig aber auch eine Herausforderung.” Nicht zuletzt die an verschiedenen Orten abgehaltenen Dreharbeiten brachten den Hollywoodstar ins Schwärmen. “Was sie etwa in Prag aufgebaut haben, war unglaublich. Diese Detailverliebtheit: Das ist wirklich ein Zeichen dafür, welche Größe diese Serie erzielen will.”

This summary was done by the author of this blog post. Please keep in mind that the quotes have been translated from English to German and then back to English, so we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy:

Carnival Row is set in a magical world where mythical creature have to leave their home, and it also includes a murder mystery.

Cara Delevingne sees a paralell between fiction and reality and says it was important to her that the show addresses social and political themes. “Immigration is omnipresent and we meed to discuss it.”
She also sees her character, a fairy, as some kind of “recommendation” for humanity: “It’s a people who only take from nature what they need but they also give back. She’s also a survivor, she keeps fighting no matter what is taken away from her.”

Orlando Bloom adds that with this fantasy world you get to take a look at our society from the outside. “Within this framework, we can address bigger questions” and “Carnival Row is unlike anything I’ve read before.”

For both actors it was the first time working on a multi-episode show and they enjoyed working with four different directors. Orlando Bloom liked the flexibility and calls it an advantage but also a challenge to access the story with a new perspective with each director. He was particularly impressed by the film sets in Prague, especially the attention to detail. “It’s a sign which greatness the show is goingt to achieve.”

Der Tagesspiegel” also features an article about the event but Carnival Row only gets a brief mention.

Amazon Prime Video Presents: Carnival Row

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On 2 October 2018 Amazon Prime Video presented some of their new and recurring shows to the press and invited guests in London, among them Andrew’s new show Carnival Row.

We have no indication that Andrew attended the event but lead actors Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne spoke about the show, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.

According to Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row addresses “social and political themes. Immigration, classism and racism, important themes that need to be addressed more and more. It’s fantasy that we have never seen before”. She added: “The part I play has so much fire… Other characters and the story relate to what is happening in the world right now.”

(Source: Business Standard)

The series follows an investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. Orlando [Bloom] is playing Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector, and Delevingne will be seen as a faerish refugee who flees her homeland to come to the Burgue.

(Source: Gulf News)

About her character Vignette Stonemoss, “a fairy fleeing persecution”, Cara Delevingne said: “She is a survivor. She has been a victim but doesn’t know what is she surviving for now. Everything has been taken away from her. Her culture and her family.”

Her co-star Orlando Bloom  described the show as a “sort of Dickensian, steam-punk, Victorian world with these remarkable and beautiful mythical creatures”, and added: “When I got to Prague and saw the set they had built I was blown away, it was truly remarkable.”

(Source: Business Standard)

Head of comedy at Amazon Joe Lewis said in a statement:

There has never been a series like Carnival Row before.

The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before.

A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what René [Echevarria], Travis [Beacham] and Paul [McGuigan] are creating and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.

(Source: Daily Mail)

The show is certainly creating a lot of buzz already and we cannot wait to see more!

 

Carnival Row Release Date?

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One of Andrew’s upcoming projects we are most excited about is Carnival Row. So far Amazon hasn’t announced a release date yet but we’re obviously not the only ones getting impatient!

Travis Beacham, one of the creator of Carnival Row, replied to a Twitter user’s question on 7 September 2018:

David Gyasi, who plays a character named Agreus on Carnival Row, answered the same question on 31 August 2018:

We’re hoping for more and more detailed information soon, and will keep you posted as usual!

Nathan Barr on Composing “Carnival Row”

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In their September issue Mix Magazine talked with award winning composer Nathan Barr (True Blood) about his “Stunning New Studio, a Rare Wurlitzer Organ, and the Tones of a Human Femur”. Apparently both of these unusual “instruments” will play a part in composing the soundtrack for his current project Carnival Row:

Currently, Barr is scoring two projects — Amazon Studio’s upcoming fantasy drama series Carnival Row and Universal Pictures and Amblin’s fantasy adventure film The House with a Clock in Its Walls, opening in theaters this month.

For Carnival Row, Barr’s left-of-center sound palette incorporates some of his more esoteric instruments, such as a glass armonica (designed by Benjamin Franklin in 1761) that he occasionally plays with steel drum mallets, a nyckelharpa, and the bottom pedals of the Wurlitzer Theater organ, which are capable of producing a low, rumbling growl. But the most unusual instrument Barr chose is the kanglang.

“It’s a human femur from Tibet that’s probably 150 to 200 years old. Some monks when they die have portions of their bones turned into trinkets or instruments,” Barr explains. “The kanglang produces a strange, incredibly unique sound that’s somewhere between music and sound design.”

In another interview with Reverb, Nathan Barr also mentions scoring Carnival Row:

I had a vision when I moved out here 20 years ago of a big, beautiful room to record music in and sort of having different stations, where I could bounce around from keyboards to strings to whatever, and that’s kind of what it’s become when we’re not recording orchestra. I’m doing a show right now at Amazon called Carnival Row, and I’m using the Wurlitzer quite a bit in that—sort of almost as a synth. So we have the organ on and in place and mic’d most of the time. So I can just sit down, and then we’ve got a picture up on the stage as well.

This sounds really intriguing and we can’t wait to hear the finished result – along with seeing Andrew as Ezra Spurnrose in early 2019!

Interview with The Italian Rêve

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Online Indie magazine “The Italian Rêve” published an interview with Andrew Gower today in which they talked about his motivations for being an actor as well as his recent work on Outlander, Black Mirror and Carnival Row.

We got some more information on Ezra Spurnrose, Andrew’s character in Carnival Row, and Andrew confirms he will be a series regular.

He also gave us an update on Humpty Dumpty, the documentary about Merseybeats singer Tommy Quickly that he is developing with fellow Liverpudlian actor Stephen Walters.

We filmed a lot of it but it has been delayed and we are hoping to have something to show people by the end of this year.

(Source: The Italian Rêve)

Read the full interview on The Italian Rêve website and visit our gallery for pictures from the photo shoot!

‘Carnival Row’ Wraps Shooting in Prague

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According to The Prague Reporter, Carnival Row has wrapped filming. In their article they also list a few interesting facts about the production:

An estimated 900 people worked on Carnival Row during its production in Prague, the majority of them local. Only about 60 cast and crew members were brought into the country for filming.

One of the most expensive projects to ever shoot in the Czech Republic […], Carnival Row spent an estimated 1.5 billion CZK (roughly $75 million) while in Prague.

The production was granted a tax rebate of more than 250 million CZK.

While filming primarily took place at Barrandov Studios in Prague, production also took place at locations in Liberec, the chateaux in Frýdlant and Krnsko, and Prachovské skály, the majestic natural rock formation […].

Carnival Row was originally sold as a spec script by Travis Beacham all the way back in 2005, and passed through the hands of directors like Guillermo del Toro […] and Neil Jordan at various stages of its development.

Directors Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), Jon Amiel (Copycat), Andy Goddard (Set Fire to the Stars) and Anna Foerster (who shot Underworld: Blood Wars in Prague in 2015) each worked on the series in the Czech Republic.

(Source: The Prague Reporter)

‘Carnival Row’: Andrew Gower & Jamie Harris Set To Recur In Amazon’s Fantasy Drama Series

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According to Deadline.com, Andrew was cast in a recurring role in a new show for Amazon Prime.

Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows the investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. It’s slated for premiere in 2019.

Gower will play Ezra Spurnrose, the scion of one of the most prominent families in the Burgue. When a business deal sours he finds himself under financial straights and reluctantly agrees, at his sister Imogen’s behest, to enter into a partnership with a wealthy Puck who has moved in across the street. When he begins to suspect that Imogen is falling in love with the Puck, Ezra will stop at nothing to protect his family’s reputation.

(Source: Deadline.com)

This means Carnival Row is the “mysterious” new project that forced Andrew to withdraw from playing Guy Titt in Nutritiously Nicola!.

We wish him all the best for this new role. He sure sounds excited about it!

ETA: BleedingCool.com and SpoilerTV have now also reported Andrew’s casting news.