Based on the 2013 historical novel by the Austin-based Philipp Meyer, AMC’s western series The Son focuses on both the lawful and unlawful business endeavors of the McCullough dynasty in 1915 Texas. Pierce Brosnan stars as patriarch Eli McCullough, a cattle baron who is willing to keep his failing ranch in his family’s hands by any means necessary. Shot in and around Austin, the 10-episode first season follows the growing tensions between McCullough and his Mexican neighbor Pedro Garcia as McCullough seeks to expand his property. The Son also flashbacks to 1849, when a young Eli played by Mud’s Jacob Lofland is kidnapped and raised by a Comanche tribal chief played by Fargo’s Zahn McClarnon. Kevin Murphy (left), the showrunner of The Son, has worked on such shows as Caprica, Desperate Housewives, and Ed. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the musical versions of Reefer Madness and Heathers. The Son’s 10-episode first season is available for viewing at (http://www.amc.com/shows/the-son). The Son showrunner Kevin Murphy spoke with Lights Camera Austin during this year's ATX TV Festival.
Aired: July 27, 2017