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Here's our first good look at Matthew Weiner's sprawling, star-studded The Romanoffs

If you know anything about The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s follow-up to Mad Men, it’s the preposterously loaded cast. In fact, the show’s only teaser trailer so far just showed an endless sea of names: Aaron Eckhart, Noah Wyle, Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Marthe Keller, Kathryn Hahn, Ron Livingston, and a whole lot more. (The talent behind the camera is just as exciting: It’s mostly Mad Men vets.) Today, Amazon released a new trailer that provides a solid look at the actual show, which uses that endless roster of talent to tell eight separate, interconnected stories about people who may or may not be the descendants of the Russian royal family. Going by the final lines of the teaser, it looks like there’s a bit of meta self-awareness to the whole thing, too. But, mostly, it looks a lot like a Matthew Weiner production, with droll humor, elegant framings, and emotionally trenchant glimpses into the lives of the wealthy and powerful. The anthology series will premiere with its first two episodes on October 12, with new installments following weekly on Amazon Prime.


Clayton Purdom is a writer and editor based in Columbus, Ohio.

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