The Latest: Actor goes from playing clergyman to 'McMafia'


The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

“Grantchester” star James Norton is out of his clerical collar and into very hot water in AMC’s new drama “McMafia” coming in February.

Norton told TV critics Saturday that playing a British banker entangled with organized crime taught him that people from every walk of life are susceptible to criminality.

“McMafia,” based on the book by Misha Glenny, stars Norton as Alex Godman, the respectable son of Russian exiles with a shady past. When Godman’s loved ones are threatened, his effort to protect them creates a moral struggle.

James Watlins, the show’s co-creator and an executive producer, said in contrast with classic gangster dramas that play out in closed worlds, the modern one portrayed in “McMafia” is intertwined with corporations and politics.

Norton, who plays a crime-solving clergyman in “Grantchester,” was asked if another season was ahead for the PBS series that also stars Robson Green. Norton, who spoke via satellite, said he isn’t sure.



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