'Damnation' is a riveting and relevant period drama (preview)

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:13:45 PM. 'Damnation' creator, executive producer and principal writer Tony Tost cites John Steinbeck, Dashiell Hammett, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard among his major influences.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - If USA Network's riveting new drama "Damnation" often plays like a powerful collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck ("The Grapes of Wrath") and pioneering mystery writer Dashiell Hammett ("The Maltese Falcon"), there's a good reason for that. The dynamic cable series' creator, principal writer, executive producer and show runner, Tony Tost, cites these American literary giants as two primary influences. "They're unquestionably two of my favorite writers," Tost said during a telephone interview. "The world of John Steinbeck as presented in 'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Of Mice and Men' and 'Cannery Row' was a big influence, as was Dashiell Hammett's first novel, 'Red Harvest," which is set in a Western mining town. All of that went into the soup when writing 'Damnation.' " Premiering at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, on USA Network, the series is set in the American heartland during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Killian Scott stars as Seth Davenport, a man posing as small-town Iowa preacher who views Jesus as an "outlaw revolutionary." So Davenport's goal is to spark a rebellion against he status quo. That means inspiring the rural community to rise up against the bankers and businessmen he views as the agents of evil. Davenport sees the coming conflict as a battle between avaricious corporate types and the exploited working class, between the haves and the have-nots, between greed and God. Standing in his way is a professional strikebreaker...Read more
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