First Look: KINGDOM on DirecTV

DIRECTV released a long (NSFW (language)) trailer / preview for their new show KINGDOM (premieres Oct 8, 9PM on the Audience Network) today for your viewing pleasure.  A cast featuring Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker (two MToT favorites, not to mention Amber Holt love interests), along with Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo, Joanna Going, and Kiele Sanchez, it looks dark and gritty, and 100% what I’ll need to soften the blow of SOA heading off into the sunset this season!  Check it out!


Kingdom is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California and is set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  It is a world rife with complex characters and relationships that unfurl in surprising and deeply human ways.  Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7, Without a Trace) serves as creator, executive producer and showrunner.

The Kingdom cast stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Homefront, Warrior) as Alvey Kulina, a Mixed Martial Arts legend and owner of Navy St. MMA gym based in Venice, CA;  Kiele Sanchez (The Glades, Lost) as Lisa Prince, Alvey’s girlfriend; Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) as Ryan Wheeler, the world-class athlete who had it all, including Lisa Prince, until his spiraling drug addiction landed him in prison; Jonathan Tucker (Parenthood) as Jay Kulina, Alvey’s eldest son; Nick Jonas as Nate Kulina, Alvey’s youngest son and the prized fighter at the gym and Joanna Going (House of Cards, Mad Men) as Christina Kulina, Alvey’s estranged wife and mother to Jay and Nate.