Prague-Shot ‘The Romanoffs’ Gets New Trailer, to Premiere October 12

The Romanoffs, an epic new anthology series from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that was partially filmed in the Czech Republic earlier this year, received its first full trailer last week ahead of its scheduled premiere on October 12.

The new series follows a group of disparate characters in locations across the world who all claim heritage to the titular royal lineage. The Romanov family ruled Russia for 300 years before Tsar Nicholas II and other members were executed following the February Revolution in 1918.

In The Romanoffs, producer-creator-writer-director Weiner shot each of the eight episodes in a different location, featuring a different set of characters who all bear some relation to the royal family.

An eclectic cast for the project includes actors like Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Radha Mitchell, Amanda Peet, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Mad Men’s John Slattery, and numerous others.

Weiner shot the third episode of the series, titled House of Special Purpose, on Czech locations around Prague. I recently had a chance to visit Chateau Kotěra in Ratboř, a stately mansion that was used as the key location in the episode.

In House of Special Purpose, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, and Paul Reiser star in an episode about a “movie star and a director [who] go head to head in a battle over what is real.”

In the second teaser trailer for the show, Huppert’s character suggests that she “might be a Romanov.” You can also (briefly) catch a glimpse of Chateau Kotěra at 0:52:

The Romanoffs will premiere on Amazon Prime on October 12 with its first two episodes, The Violet Hour starring Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller, and The Royal We, with Noah Wyle, Kerry Bishé, and Corey Stoll.

Subsequent episodes will debut on Fridays, with the Czech-shot episode premiering on October 19.

Last week, Amazon released the first official trailer for the new series:

Lead photo: Eckhart and Keller in the debut episode of The Romanoffs, shot in Paris; photos from the Czech-set episode have yet to be released.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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