Outtakes Online: Momoa returns to TV
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii’s Jason Momoa will return to television after being cast in one of the lead roles in the new Sundance Channel series “The Red Road.”
Six one-hour episodes have been ordered but no air dates were announced, according to a Sundance Channel press release.
The series, described as “a hard hitting drama,” follows the struggles of sheriff Harold Jensen, who is trying to keep his family together while also policing the small town he grew up and the nearby Ramapo Mountains, home to an indian tribe.
Momoa, who starred in the title role in the film “Conan the Barbarian” in 2011 as well as warlord Khal Drogo in HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones,” will play a dangerous ex-con from the mountain tribe. As the plot unfolds, Momoa’s character and the sheriff will form a dangerous alliance that was prompted a tragedy and cover-up involving the sheriff’s wife.
A former model, Momoa got his start in 1999 as a lifeguard on “Baywatch Hawaii” and was featured for two years as a dreadlock-sporting alien in “Stargate: Atlantis.”
Writer Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband,” “Prisoners”) and producer Sarah Condon (“Bored to Death”) will serve as executive producers while Bridget Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.