Seven Seconds (TV series)
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|Created by||Veena Sud|
|Based on||The Major|
by Yuri Bykov
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||54–80 minutes|
|Production companies||KMF Films|
Bender Brown Productions
Fox 21 Television Studios
|Release||February 23, 2018|
Seven Seconds is an American crime drama streaming television series, based on the Russian film The Major written and directed by Yuri Bykov, that premiered on February 23, 2018, on Netflix. The series, which is created, executive produced, and showrun by Veena Sud, follows the people involved in investigating the death of a Black teenager and his family as they reel after the loss. On April 18, 2018, Netflix confirmed there would not be a second season, deeming it a limited series.
Peter Jablonski, a white Polish-American Jersey City Police Department (named "New Jersey Police" in the series) Narcotics Detective, accidentally hits and critically injures Brenton Butler—a Black teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey—with his car. Jablonski calls his fellow police officers that work Narcotics Division with him to the scene. They assume Brenton is dead, and a cover-up ensues. Racial tensions explode in the face of injustice and the absence of quick resolution to the case.
Cast and characters
- Clare-Hope Ashitey as K.J. Harper
- Beau Knapp as Peter Jablonski
- Michael Mosley as Joe “Fish” Rinaldi
- David Lyons as Mike DiAngelo
- Russell Hornsby as Isaiah Butler
- Raúl Castillo as Felix Osorio
- Patrick Murney as Manny Wilcox
- Zackary Momoh as Seth Butler
- Michelle Veintimilla as Marie Jablonski
- Regina King as Latrice Butler
- Corey Champagne as Kadeuce Porter
- Nadia Alexander as Nadine MacAllister
- Coley Mustafa Speaks as Messiah
- Adriana DeMeo as Teresa
- Jeremy Davidson as James Connelly
- Sawyer Niehaus as Maggie Rinaldi
- Gretchen Mol as Sam Hennessy
- Lou Martini, Jr. as Barry Piumetti
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Gavin O'Connor||Veena Sud||February 23, 2018|
|2||"Brenton's Breath"||Jonathan Demme||Veena Sud||February 23, 2018|
|3||"Matters of Life and Death"||Jon Amiel||J. David Shanks||February 23, 2018|
|4||"That What Follows"||Tanya Hamilton||Dan Nowak||February 23, 2018|
|5||"Of Gods and Men"||Coky Giedroyc||Shalisha Francis||February 23, 2018|
|6||"Until It Do"||Ernest Dickerson||Francesca Sloane||February 23, 2018|
|7||"Boxed Devil"||Ed Bianchi||Rhett Rossi||February 23, 2018|
|8||"Bailed Out"||Dan Attias||Evangeline Ordaz||February 23, 2018|
|9||"Witnesses for the Prosecution"||Victoria Mahoney||John Lopez||February 23, 2018|
|10||"A Boy and a Bike"||Ed Bianchi||Veena Sud & Shalisha Francis||February 23, 2018|
On October 18, 2016, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a one season series order consisting of 10 episodes. The series was created by Veena Sud with Gavin O'Connor attached to direct. Sud and O’Connor were expected to executive produce alongside Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, and Alex Reznik. Production companies involved with the show include Fox 21 TV Studios.
On April 18, 2018, Netflix announced they were not renewing the series for a second season.
On October 25, 2016, it was announced that David Lyons and Beau Knapp had joined the show as series regulars. On November 17, 2016, Russell Hornsby, Raul Castillo, and Zackary Momoh joined the main cast. Later that month, Michael Mosley and Patrick Murney were cast as series regulars as well. On December 1, 2016, it was confirmed that Regina King had been cast in the series regular role of Latrice Butler. A few weeks later, Clare-Hope Ashitey was cast in the series' lead role of K.J. Harper.
On January 24, 2018, Netflix released the official trailer for the series and a collection of first look images.
The series has received a positive reception from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series is certified fresh, holding a 78% approval rating with an average rating of 6.02 out of 10 based on 44 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Seven Seconds is undermined by unlikable characters with somewhat predictable arcs, but its grim reflections of societal and racial division are brought to life by able performers and a fearless overall narrative." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Awards and nominations
|2nd Black Reel Awards for Television||Outstanding Television Movie or Limited Series||Seven Seconds||Won|||
|Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series||Regina King||Won|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series||Corey Champagne||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing, TV Movie or Limited Series||Ernest Dickerson||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing, TV Movie or Limited Series||Veena Sud & Shalisha Francis||Won|
|70th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie||Regina King||Won|||
|76th Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Regina King||Nominated|||
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