New Cinemax Series Profiles Racism

Clive Owen playing as Dr. John W. Thackery in Cinemax's new series "The Knick". Photo courtesy of

(AURN) -- A new original Cinemax series profiles race and the medical industry in the late 1900's."The Knick", profiles how race plays a major factor at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital.

Andre Holland plays Dr. Algernon Edwards, an African- American Harvard graduate who has to fight for respect amongst his white peers and from his own people. Executive producer Clive Owen also stars in the series as Dr. John W. Thackery, who is the leader of the surgical staff at the hospital.

According to director and writer, Michael Begler, many medical professionals in the late 1900's used drugs like cocaine. In the series, Owen's character has a hidden addiction to cocaine and opium, which were common drugs used amongst surgeons in the era.

The show is set for ten episodes and there are talks to renew for a second season. The show premieres Friday August 8, 10 p.m. on Cinemax.