Hulu Scoops Up Paramount+ Original 'The Killing Kind'

Emma Appleton and Colin Morgan in "The Killing Kind"

Emma Appleton and Colin Morgan in "The Killing Kind"

(Photo: Eleventh Hour Films/Sony Pictures Television) 

Things are still very dramatic over at Paramount+. There’s the looming (likely?) sale of its parent company, the erasure of several series from the U.K. version of the service, and the international arm’s decision to abandon a big chunk of its in-progress slate even as it greenlights a handful of new shows like The Crow Girl and Curfew. We love mess, as Marie Kondo would say. 

Yet, all this chaos may ultimately benefit American audiences as the internal issues at Paramount seem to finally be shaking some of the programming that hadn’t made its way across the pond yet loose. One of these series is The Killing Kind, a crime thriller initially broadcast in the U.K. in the Fall of 2023 and will now premiere this May on Hulu. 

Based on Jane Casey’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Killing Kind follows the story of Ingrid Lewis, a defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with a client, John Webster, after successfully defending from stalking charges. (Yes, there are a lot of red flags here.) The relationship ends badly, but when Webster reappears a year later, claiming he’s the only one who can protect her from a killer, Ingrid’s unsure about who she can trust. 

Emma Appleton (Everything I Know About Love) stars as Ingrid, alongside Colin Morgan (We Hunt Together) as John. They’re joined by Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Van Der Valk) as Ingrid’s ex-fiance Mark Orpen, Kerr Logan (Dead Still) as DS Luke Nash, Sara Powell (Unforgotten) as Ingrid’s mentor, Belinda Grey, and Nicholas Rowe (A Spy Among Friends) as Belinda’s husband and head of Chambers, Angus Grey. The cast also includes Rob Jarvis (Grace), Olivia D’Lima (Death in Paradise), and Sophie Stanton (The Full Monty).

Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton in "The Killing Kind"

Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton in "The Killing Kind"

(Photo: Eleventh Hour Films/Sony Pictures London)

Here’s the series synopsis:

As a top-flight barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one rivals John Webster – good-looking, successful, and charismatic. Webster was accused of harassment and stalking by an ex-girlfriend, and in court, Ingrid defended him, winning the case. Following the trial, Ingrid got close to Webster – too close – and when she tried to exit the relationship, he turned on her, and her world imploded.

In this thrilling adaptation for the screen, The Killing Kind picks up just as Ingrid is rebuilding her life before a tragic incident occurs, and Webster reappears with a sensational claim, threatening to unravel her life once again.

“We are delighted that The Killing Kind is set to launch on Hulu in the U.S.,” Eve Gutierrez, Executive Producer and Head of Talent, and Paula Cuddy, Creative Director at Eleventh Hour Films, said in a joint statement. “It’s the perfect home for our sexy, edge-of-the-seat, rollercoaster thriller – with mesmerizing performances from Emma Appleton and Colin Morgan.”

The Killing Kind was co-written by Zara Hayes (Showtrial) and Jonathan Stewart (Meet You In Hell), with Hayes directing three of the series’ six episodes. Chanya Button (Whitstable Pearl) helmed the other three. Casey is the leading executive producer of the series, alongside Hayes and Stewart, as well as Paula Cuddy, Jill Green, and Eva Gutierrez.

The Killing Kind will premiere on Hulu with all episodes on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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